Northern Health nurses Mikaela Pond and Jennifer Miller stopped in Smithers to take a break from the rain and pick up a $3,000 cheque from Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Tuesday during their long bicycle ride from Prince Rupert to Prince George to raise money for Hope Air.
The pair just arrived from Hazelton after riding through a torrential downpour between Prince Rupert and Terrace the first day, and slogging through to Hazelton on their second. They are getting a free dinner at the Aspen Inn and a discounted stay at the Sandman Hotel while in Smithers.
Along the way, the duo were treated to smoked salmon in Moricetown and shouts of encouragement from passersby.
“It’s been great. People have been stopping us along the road to give us donations,” said Pond.
Hope Air is a charity that provides free air travel to families in need of medical treatment outside their community.
Nav Canada is holding a tournament in Vancouver this month that aims to raise another $50,000 for the nurses. Pond works in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson. Miller works in Burns Lake.
They are accepting donations through Riding the Bridge to Health Care, which can be found by searching fundrazr.com or by visiting https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1105M4.