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Volunteers needed for annual Tour de Guelph

This cycling event raises 'much-needed' funds for Guelph General Hospital and other local charitable programs; event falls short by 30 to 40 volunteers
Norm Litchfield, volunteer co-chair at Tour de Guelph and Kirsteen Birkett, managing director at Guelph-Wellington Homecare.

The 10th annual Tour de Guelph, presented by Label Design Ltd., is a community cycling event for all ages and abilities taking place on Sunday, June 25.

Upwards of 100 volunteers are needed to support the event. Roles include course marshals, helping at rest stops, helping with registration, finish line cheering, assisting at the BBQ lunch and patrolling the routes. Event organizers are also looking for a volunteer photographer and videographer.

“Volunteering at Tour de Guelph is a valuable way to contribute to the success of Tour de Guelph, which raises much-needed funds for Guelph General Hospital and numerous local charitable programs through Rotary,” stated Norm Litchfield, Rotarian and volunteer co-chair at Tour de Guelph.

Currently, the event falls short by 30 to 40 volunteers. Most roles require only a two to four-hour commitment.

Those interested in helping can sign up at

To encourage and show gratitude to all event day volunteers, Tour de Guelph sponsor Guelph-Wellington Homecare is offering five $100 local restaurant vouchers as draw prizes. Every event day volunteer will be added to the draw for a chance to win.

"Our team cares for medically fragile folks in our community, and they have all benefited from the wonderful care that Guelph General Hospital provides. It is important for us to give back to the hospital and to support the caring volunteers who help to make this fundraiser so successful," said Kirsteen Birkett, managing director of Guelph-Wellington Homecare.

Over 300 people have registered to ride in this year’s Tour de Guelph, and they have fundraised over 55 per cent of the event’s $150,000 fundraising goal.

This year’s routes include 25 km, 50 km, 75 km and 100 km road routes, a 50 km multi-surface route, plus the 5/10 km loop through the protected streets of The Village by the Arboretum. Rest stops with water, snacks and portable toilets are on all routes 25 km and longer.

All routes depart from and return to the University of Guelph, where there is ample free parking. Registration includes a complimentary BBQ lunch. There are additional activities for families with young children in the Family Fun Zone.

Full event details can be found on the Tour de Guelph website at



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