Pedalling with a purpose
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Jun 18, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Pedalling with a purpose

Stratford Gazette

Chet Greason

Last July, Sheryl Trotter, a newcomer to cycling, jumped in with both feet when she completed a trek through the Alberta Rockies as part of Pedal for Kids, an event raising funds for underprivileged children wishing to get involved in sports.

This year she returns as a veteran, once again raising funds for the Jumpstart campaign and biking from Ottawa to Quebec City.

Last year’s trip was an arduous, but ultimately enjoyable experience for Trotter, hence her return. Despite cold temperatures, sore legs, and a tumble off her bike at one point, she’s decided to once again tackle the roadways of Canada on two wheels in the name of sport.

“It’s a very important aspect of children’s lives to be a part of a team,” she says, adding local children will benefit through Jumpstart in activities like hockey and dance.

“This one should be easier,” she noted of the 500 km Ontario/Quebec trail. “It was very difficult last year with the altitude and the hills … Also, I’ve since spent a year and a half biking. Last year it was my first time doing anything like that.”

Trotter’s trek doesn’t start until September 15, so she plans to spend the summer fundraising. She aims to raise a total of $5,000. Currently, she’s hovering around the $1,000 mark.

In a show of support, her employer, Stratford’s Sport Chek, a member of the Forzani Group which organizes the Pedal for Kids and Jumpstart initiatives, had a kiosk in front of its store in the Festival Marketplace mall. Trotter pedalled for two hours on a stationary bike on Saturday, June 14 while passersby enjoyed face painting and guessing games.

It’s all part of the build-up to September.

“You can only prepare so much,” she says. “But I feel more ready this time. I know what to expect.”

If you’d like to donate to Trotter’s cause, check out her fundraising webpage at

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