A group of soldiers from the Royal 22nd Regiment are seen here at a Remembrance Day Ceremony, in Brownsburg-Chatham, Quebec.

Veterans cycling 580 kilometres to support ill and injured soldiers

The Lachute Legion will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, September 16 to benefit ill and injured soldiers and veterans. The dinner will honour a group of 46 cyclists from the “Tour des Capitales.” They will spend four days cycling more than 580 kilometres from Canadian Forces Base Valcartier in Quebec City, to the parliamentary buildings in Ottawa. The tour is raising money for the Soldier On Fund, which was established in 2006.

Soldier On provides adapted sports equipment and training to soldiers and veterans who have been injured. The program is fully sponsored by public donations, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to ill and injured service members. Tickets to the spaghetti dinner cost $10 per person. The cyclists will arrive at around 4 p.m. and the dinner will start at 5 p.m.

Legion representatives are encouraging the public to attend the event and to be at the legion to cheer on the arrival of the cyclists. The cyclists are all veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel or members of the Department of National Defence. They will have will have travelled more than 122 kilometres that day, averaging between 22 and 27 kilometres per hour.

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