What started out as an idea for a modest fundraising dinner for the five athletes who were hit by a van while cycling in Kanata last month has turned into one of the biggest events of the summer.
“Initially, we just wanted to have a dinner and raise maybe $4,000 to help pay to replace their bikes, and it’s turned into this big cathartic night with entertainment and celebration and guest speakers,” said organizer Phil Marsh, who is the area manager of the Running Room in Ottawa.
A packed house is expected tonight at the Arrow and Loon Restaurant.
Marsh expects that half of the people there tonight will have never met the injured athletes.
“It’s more a matter of ‘what can we do, how can we help?’”
Four of the five cyclists are expected to be at the dinner tonight and make brief speeches during
Everything from the restaurant, to the food, and the collection of items in the silent auction has been donated. All of the proceeds will be divided among the five athletes.