MUSKOKA, ON – A day full of biking and barbecue has helped local hardworking families achieve the dream of homeownership thanks to the Muskoka Brewery. The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst, and the Town of Bracebridge.
On Sunday, July 31, over 100 riders took part in a 100km or 30km group ride looping around beautiful Muskoka starting and finishing at the Muskoka Brewery. The ride in support of Habitat for Humanity raised over $3,000 for the not-for-profit working to build affordable homes in the area.
“We rely on community partners stepping up and becoming invested in the future of affordable housing in this community,” said David Morris, CEO of the regional Habitat affiliate. “The Muskoka Brewery and The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst organized and operated this event from start to finish working hard at their own expense to raise these funds.For the families in need of safe and decent homes it’s just as important as driving nails and pouring foundations and we can’t thank them enough.”
The brewery and bike shop will look to expand on the successful event next year by adding more race options, riding gear, bike rentals, and gifts.
“Muskoka Brewery is proud to support local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity,” said Dillon Richard, Muskoka Brewery’s community representative. “It’s important to give back to the community that has given so much to us over the past 20 years. We look forward to making the ride bigger and better next year.”
The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst made an Orillia family’s day when they were able to rent bikes for their late-arriving guests and experience the “beautiful” ride together.
"The first Biking for Builds was a great success. We look forward to cohosting next year. We are going to make a few changes as per rider input to enhance the experience,” said Kristi MacDonald from The Bike Shop in Gravenhurst. “A big thank you to all of the cyclists that came out to support the ride. A big thanks to Muskoka Brewery for hosting and donating the lunch so that all proceeds could go towards Habitat for Humanity."