Branching out hits the road

An idea which originated during a bike event has now come to life as the Branch Out Neurological Foundation's Branch Out Bike Tour.

Bike riders and volunteers gathered at the first annual Branch Out Neurological Foundation's Branch Out Bike Tour. The event took participants on a beautiful 100 kilometre ride from Panorama Mountain Resort

Bike riders and volunteers gathered at the first annual Branch Out Neurological Foundation's Branch Out Bike Tour. The event took participants on a beautiful 100 kilometre ride from Panorama Mountain Resort

An idea which originated during a bike event has now come to life as the Branch Out Neurological Foundation’s Branch Out Bike Tour.

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation exists to further contribute to the research of new and potentially alternative studies that could help in finding a cure for the various complications of the nervous system.

According to the groups website, their mission is to  “seek to raise funds through a variety of events and initiatives to fund research into natural, holistic therapies for neurological disorders, as well as support public awareness programs focused on the nervous system.”

Graham Daw is the vice-president and treasurer of the association. He explained that it was during a bike event in Fernie that he and president of the foundation Crystal Phillips thought discussed the idea of putting together and event.

This year the group raised over $30,000 which is seen as a giant success for a first time out.

Ken Fyie is the director of research and corporate secretary. He said that it was thanks to the volunteers and many great supporters that made the event a success.

“It has been fantastic. Local businesses have donated time and goods. Panorama Mountain Resort has been great. The hope is to get more publicity out there for next years event.”

One friend of the organizers is Sam Edney, who is a member of the Canadian National Luge team. Edney took part in the 100 kilometre ride that took riders from Panorama, down around Lake Windermere and back to the ski resort.

“Not only is this a great thing for your body but it is also a great fundraiser. It is a way to support my friends. For everyone around you it brings a lot of interest to the area… this is a little piece of heaven,” Edney said.

“I think this will become an event that everyone wants to take part in.”

On the group’s website it is explained that the vision is of a world free from neurological disorders with a better understanding of the nervous system in which to support and heal this body system.

The group is in talks with a number of different universities to see where the money could be used to try and develop more research into neurological diseases.

As for the future the group will be back next year with plans already underway to make the event bigger and better.