Sheila Taylor and Sheila Riley were two of 32 residents and staff who took part in the Berwick House’s second annual Spin-A-Thon for the Heart and Stroke Foundation fundraiser. The two are regulars at the weekly Berwick spinning class and on Tuesday they chose Roy Orbison’s greatest hits to listen to whilst spinning.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation someone in Canada dies every five minutes from heart disease, stroke and related conditions. The Berwick House, at the intersection of Shelbourne and Feltham streets in Saanich, is one of seven Berwick retirement homes (six on the Island and one in Kamloops) that participated in the Spin-A-Thon on Tuesday. Last year the Saanich event raised $1,800, but this year is the first time having all seven homes on board.
“We don’t know how much we can raise, or what goal to set,” said Berwick House’s Linda Lord. However, the group had raised close to $1,000 by 11 a.m.
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