Waterloo Regional Police Officer to Cycle 3,000 Kilometres to Raise Funds for St. Mary’s General Hospital

Posted on Tuesday May 01, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario On May 6, 2018, Waterloo Regional Police Sergeant Peter Viol will begin a 3,000-kilometre trek along the Appalachian Mountain Range to raise money and awareness for women’s cardiac disease.

The self-supported Appalachian Heartbeat Tour will see Sergeant Viol cycle from Sylacauga, Alabama, where the Appalachian Mountains begin, then northeast to Upper New York State, over to Kingston, and then back to Waterloo Region. Money raised will go to the Regional Cardiac Care Centre at St. Mary’s General Hospital.

Sergeant Viol has been taking part in charity bike rides for the past 10 years, riding a total of 17,000 kilometres across the United States and Canada and raising more than $200,000 for health care in Waterloo Region. This year will likely be the end of his fundraising rides.

“It has been a remarkable 10 years, filled with many memories and experiences,” says Sergeant Viol. “Being able to raise money and awareness for causes that are personally important to me means more than I could ever describe. If I have helped save one person’s life or have been the reason just one person received treatment, then my work has been worth it.”

Last year, Sergeant Viol’s Canadian Heartbeat Tour, which saw him travel from Vancouver to Waterloo Region, raised a total of $32,000. The goal for this year’s tour is $40,000. So far, Sergeant Viol has secured Transit Petroleum as a lead sponsor for the ride and has been advised that KATLYN INTERNATIONAL INC. will match every community donation up to $10,000.

“We are grateful that Sergeant Viol has chosen St. Mary’s as his partner for this incredible journey,” says Susan Dusick, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. “As the primary cardiac care service provider for Waterloo Region and beyond, St. Mary’s is responsible for caring for the hearts of an increasingly aging population of more than one million people. Donations to this year’s Appalachian tour will support the purchase of equipment that will enable further expansion of our Cardiac services and reduce wait times for patients.”

Heart disease continues to be one of the most serious health issues facing Canadian women. Every year, heart disease claims the life of roughly 25,000 women, which is more than the five most prevalent cancers combined. Yet, surprisingly, many women are still unaware they are at risk.

To donate to Sergeant Viol’s ride, visit: http://supportstmarys.ca/Events/Attend-an-Event/2018/Pete-Viol-s-2018-Appalachian-Heartbeat-Tour

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno, Media Relations Coordinator, Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service, cherri.greeno@wrps.on.ca

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


Amy Hazelwood, Director, Communications & Community Engagement

St. Mary’s General Hopsital

adean@supportstmarys.ca    (519) 749-6539

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