Ride for Hospice raises $32,000

Ambriss Clermont Memorial Ride participants rode 100Km trek

Cyclists peddled their way to raising $32,000 for Victoria Hospice on Sunday.

Russ Clermont started the Ambriss Clermont Memorial Ride in 2012 after his wife, Ambriss, died in Hospice that year. Clermont owns Russ Hays’ The Bicycle Shop on Hillside Avenue, and his staff along with family members and others from the community participated in the ride.

“Our family is so humbled and thrilled by the folks who rolled out with us today,” said Marty Clermont, son of Russ. “People shared so many great stories with me about their positive experiences with Victoria Hospice, and that’s why they were riding.”

Participants rode either a 60- or 100-kilometre route.

Victoria Hospice relies on donations which fund almost half of its annual program costs.

“We are so grateful to all the cyclists for their efforts to help provide end-of-life care for dying people and their families in our community,” said Wendy Innes, Victoria Hospice’s community relations and events officer.