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WRPS Sergeant bikes over 3,400 km in solo charity bike tour

Sergeant Pete Viol completed the ride to raise money for women's cardiac care
Pete Viol
Photo from @peteviol on Twitter.

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


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Ariel Deutschmann is a feature writer and reporter who covers community events, businesses, social initiatives, human interest stories and more involving Guelph and Wellington County
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