Tour de Guelph – Always the Fourth Sunday of June!

Tour de Guelph is a cycling event in support of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital and local Rotary projects through the Rotary clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium.

Its intent is to build and support community well-being within Guelph-Wellington.

The first Tour de Guelph took place in 2014 and was born from an ambitious idea from then Rotarian David Parr. David, an avid cyclist himself, was inspired by a Foundation Board member, Terry Manning, who, when he was almost 70, embarked on a 50-day cycling journey which raised $33,000 for the Hospital.

It was that inspiration that got David’s “gears” turning. Working with Terry, he researched other cycling events, proposed the idea to the Foundation and brought the Rotary Club of Guelph South on board, and who then recruited the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium.  

In 2014 with the two Rotary clubs, a few staff members from The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, and with the support of others in the community, Tour de Guelph became a reality. 

In it’s first five years, the event has raised over $300,000 for our community and has grown into one of Guelph-Wellington’s largest community sporting events. The ride continues to grow each year, now attracting close to 1,000 riders.

About a 100 volunteers help with the event from planning to marketing, and helping on the day of the event. The majority being Rotarians, plus many other individuals and local business leaders lend a hand. This allows the majority of the proceeds received from sponsorship and peer-to-peer fundraising to go directly to important community initiatives.

Tour de Guelph is for all ages and abilities and welcomes participation from community members as well as visitors to Guelph-Wellington.

About the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

We all need the hospital at some point in our lives. Guelph General is one of Ontario’s best, and we need to keep it that way. Our Hospital is receiving exceptional marks in national safety and quality standards, attracting leading medical specialists, and building innovative partnerships to support a healthy, vibrant community.

At Guelph General Hospital, one of every two dollars spent on hospital equipment comes from a caring community donor, and when it comes to equipment used directly in patient care, close to every dollar comes from a donor. Not all essential costs are covered by government funding. Local communities are expected to contribute. Nearly everything your health care team needs to provide the best possible care is funded by a donor. 

Over the past five years, Tour de Guelph has helped fund Interventional Radiology Equipment, IV Pumps, an Ultrasound Machine, Respiratory Ventilators, and last year, the Hospital’s new CT Scanner.

This year’s proceeds will help purchase a new Centralized Cardiac Monitoring System.O

Visit gghfoundation.ca for more information about The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital.

About The Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium

Rotary is an organization of business professionals and community leaders, united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. 

The Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium do meaningful work in our community and internationally.

Tour de Guelph has mobilized the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium to reach many individuals and organizations within our community, including the Michael House, Royal City Quilters Guild, The Puslinch Parish Nurse Program, Wyndham House, Food4Kids, Community Hearts, Elderdog, and YMCA/YWCA – The SHARK Program.

This year, many more local groups aimed at youth development, family support, and community building will be supported through Tour de Guelph.

Visit their websites for more information:

www.rotary7080.org/guelphsouth

www.rotary7080.org/guelphtrillium