Supporters of the Broadview Historical Museum took to the streets Saturday morning for the annual Bike-a-thon.
Sixteen cyclists peddled along predetermined routes, stopping at check points throughout town. After games, activities and a meet-and-greet with RCMP, the participating children enjoyed a hot dog lunch and relay.
“It’s all to raise money to keep the museum going,” said Margaret Nelson, vice president of the Broadview Historical Museum board.
This year’s Bike-a-thon attracted 16 riders and raised $1,470.21, down slightly from 27 riders and $2,300 last year.
Money was generated through Bike-a-thon registration fees and donations collected by each of the riders.
The funds raised will help cover the cost of student staff wages throughout the summer, and as Nelson explained, will be extremely helpful this year as previous government grants are no longer available to help cover the cost of summer staff.
“We have one student hired right now, and hopefully we’ll have enough money to cover (her) wages,” said Nelson.
The museum has employed one university student and one high school student in previous summers, but due to cutbacks and lack of interest expressed, only one Grade 10 high school student has been hired for this summer.
The Broadview Historical Museum has also been forced to cut back hours from previous years, and will move to a slightly modified summer schedule on June 9.
To become involved with the museum board, or to volunteer contact Nelson at 696-2946 or Ray Cope at 696-2942.
Rider prizes for greatest amount of money collected for the Broadview Historical Museum:
1st place- Ray Cope
2nd place- Mercy Rienks
3rd place- Kiara Ottenbreit