Travelling with only what he could pack onto his bike, WPRS Sergeant Pete Viol biked over 3,400 km to support women with cardiac issues.
For his campaign, the Pete's Ride - Midnight Sun 2019 Tour, Viol travelled through different landscapes and encountered wildlife, like bison and bears, on his journey from Banff, Alberta to Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories.
This was Viol's 5th solo charity bike ride, and he says that at times it wasn't an easy ride.
"This is the hardest project I've ever undertaken," says Viol, "but it is nothing compared to the issues facing women with heart disease."
"I could quit anytime-- but they have no option."
This year, Viol's goal was to raise $40,000 for the St. Mary's Regional Cardiac Centre in Kitchener, which will go towards building an additional cardiac catheterization lab.
Viol says he hopes that his journey has raised awareness for women's heart health in Waterloo Region.
"It is an honour and privilege to support St. Mary's Hospital, and bring awareness to women's cardiac issues."
Those interested in learning more about Viol's campaign can go to www.supportstmarys.ca/petesride.
I'm very grateful to Katlyn Inc. for their amazing support of my tour. They are matching all gifts up to $10,000. They also covered my trip expenses which means all donations go directly to the cardiac centre @smghf https://t.co/wKY9JocBcC pic.twitter.com/FJnJ0RnfER— Sergeant Pete Viol (@peteviol) July 7, 2019