Tri-province cycling event to help raise money for national paramedic monument

Paramedics from across the Maritimes are gearing up for a tri-province cycling event to help raise money for a national paramedic monument in Ottawa.

The 2017 Tour Paramedic Ride East will see participants travel about 300 kilometres over three days, spending a day in each of the three Maritime provinces.

Organizer Crystal Hart-Drake said the paramedic ride started in Ontario in 2013, and has since expanded to include events in seven provinces.

Hart-Drake said the first New Brunswick event in 2016 stemmed from the death of paramedic William "Billy" Mallock, one of two people killed when a chartered air ambulance crashed on Grand Manan Island in 2014.

This year, the New Brunswick event is expanding to include Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The participants will travel from Halifax to Truro, N.S., on May 26, from Cardigan, P.E.I., to Summerside on May 27, and from Cape Jourimain, N.B., to Moncton on May 28.

Hart-Drake said the event is open to everyone – paramedics and the general public – and the deadline to sign up is April 28.

All money raised at this event, and several others across Canada, will go to the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation.

You can register by emailing nb@paramedicride.ca.