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DSCF9892Eleanor (left) and Mike Mowbray of Mowbray’s Canadian Tire in Port Elgin, along with Judy Rich of Judy Rich Law Firm in Southampton were announced as Bronze level sponsors for Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Gran Fondo fundraiser.

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Mowbray’s Canadian Tire and Judy Rich Law Office were announced as the final Bronze level sponsors for the upcoming Gran Fondo, February 28, with both businesses donating $1,000 towards the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) fundraiser.

Canadian Tire owner Mike Mowbray, who was Chair of the Foundation’s recent “Light the Way” campaign, said that he felt “infectious enthusiasm” when it came to supporting Saugeen Memorial Hospital. “We couldn't not jump on board,” he said.

Both Mowbray and Rich hinted that they might not participate in the Gran Fondo ride itself, both teasing that they would take part if there was a leisurely “vintage class” that would show off Rich’s teal coloured bicycle which features a banana seat.

“We’re going to offer [participation] out to the staff,” said Mowbray, “and I have a supplier who does a lot of work in our store and belongs to a cycling club in Wasaga Beach,” he added.

SMHF Executive Director Sally Kidson said February 28 that approximately 140 people had signed up for the Gran Fondo that features four routes including a 100 mile route which is expected to draw cycling enthusiasts from as far away as the United States. Kidson said she expects to see the number of participants rise to 200 by the end of March.

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DSCF9889Canadian Tire’s Mike and Eleanor Mowbray presented Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Sally Kidson and Board Chair Jim Barbour with a donation of $1,000 towards the upcoming Gran Fondo fundraiser.

DSCF9888Judy Rich (left) with Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Chair Jim Barbour as she presented the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $1,000.