Madeline Lawler, pictured during a portion of her cross-country trip. (Provided Photo)

A cross-country bicycle trip has resulted in an $8,300 donation to the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka.

This past summer Madeline Lawler of Barrie, ON,  rode from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS, a total of more than 8,000 km. Along the way, she helped spread a message about building healthier, more accessible communities with the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.

Lawler’s journey took her through the Muskoka area at one point. She says the enormity of the trip and what she has learned from it are significant.

“This cross-Canada journey challenged me in so many ways both physically and mentally and allowed me to see our beautiful country from a different perspective,” says Lawler.  “I am so thankful for all the support and donations made to the YMCA throughout my ride. Donations made by complete strangers really reinforced that what I was doing was meaningful, and gave me the motivation to continue.”

The recipient of the donation, the YMCA, praised the efforts of Lawler.

“We are so proud of Madeline’s successful journey across Canada and thank her for being a positive role model on behalf the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka,” said Brian Shelley, Vice President of Philanthropy, Brand and Community Development, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka in a press release. “Her tenacity and determination to ride across Canada in support of our mutual goal of building healthy communities are very inspiring.”

Donations are still being accepted on behalf of Madeline Lawler’s ride across Canada in support of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. For more information and to donate, please click here.



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