LYONS BROOK – The 2016 SPCA Big Bike Ride fund-raiser is set for Sept. 11.
Lloyd McLean will lead the way on a six-hour ride starting at 8 a.m. in Oxford and complete the 105 kilometres from there to Pictou on his Fat Tire bike along the Trans-Canada Trail.
This is the third year for the ride, with approximately $5,000 raised in 2014 and 2015. The local SPCA branch in Granton requires assistance with building maintenance and veterinary expenses. This year the target is $2,500.
To help reach the goal, there will be two barbecues with the first on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pictou Sobeys and on Sept. 10 at Central Home Improvements with all money raised going to the SPCA.
The ride will start in Oxford, where the Trans Canada Trail crosses Main Street and finish in Pictou, N.S. beside the deCoste Centre at 2 p.m.
The ride includes a short stop in Tatamagouche at 11 a.m. and the average traveling speed will be 18 kilometres per hour.
New this year will be a bottle drive at the end destination behind the deCoste Centre in Pictou. From noon to 3 p.m., staff from the SPCA will be on site to accept all returnable beverage container donations.
By supporting this event, you are helping the SPCA –Pictou Branch to continue its mandate to prevent abuse, neglect and cruelty to vulnerable animals in Nova Scotia. In 2015, nearly 1,000 homeless, lost and abused animals were housed by the Pictou County SPCA.
The Nova Scotia SPCA is a registered charity comprised of a network of branches which rely primarily on volunteers and donations to fund animal protection; care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education.
Lloyd McLean arrives at the end of the Jitney Trail after his second annual SPCA bike ride over the Trans-Canada Trail from Oxford to Pictou. (Submitted photos)