In cities and towns all across the world, paramedics help save lives, every day of the year. Here in Canada, once annually, the Paramedic Ride takes place, not only strengthening the paramedic community, but also shedding light and paying respect to those paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Paramedic ride is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds in support of the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation, which is constructing a monument in Ottawa to commemorate the lives of those paramedics who have died in the line of duty. The Ontario stretch of the Paramedic Ride sees paramedics cycle over 500 km from Toronto to Ottawa, making stops along the way to raise funds for the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation, while also raising awareness of the difficult and sometimes life-threatening situations paramedics face daily, sometimes resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The 2018 Ontario Paramedic Ride began today (Friday, Sept. 14) and was joined by the Hammer TO pre-ride, which began in Hamilton on Thursday, Sept. 13. The Ride will have an overnight stop in Port Hope before they begin their 172 km trek from Port Hope to Kingston on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The Paramedic Ride is scheduled to arrive here in Kingston on Saturday evening… and Kingstonist contributors First Response Media want to make sure the cyclists are welcomed and celebrated!
From 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., First Response Media is hosting the arrival of the Paramedic Ride in the No Frills parking lot off of Coverdale Drive. Join them as they welcome the paramedics to Kingston, and bring anything you can donate to support the cause – or just show your support by attending and having a chat with one of the awesome men and women who work tirelessly to keep Canadians safe each and every day. Make sure to wish them luck on the 218 km they have ahead of them before reaching our nation’s capital!