Animal lovers have a chance to get out for a lovely day on their bicycles while raising money for four-legged friends in need.
After a very successful “PAWS on Wheels” ride in 2015, the organizers decided to make it an annual event. Therefore, on Sunday, a group of cycling enthusiasts will be setting out from the Lighthouse restaurant at 7 a.m. to make their way around the East End loop.
East End loop
“What is the East End loop?” you may ask. Well, starting from Breakers, you take the nice, flat route along the main road to the junction with Frank Sound Road, then take the left and follow Frank Sound Road past the QEII Botanic Park and over the slight hill to the “T” junction at the top.
Turn right toward East End, which takes you along the coastal road where you’ll pass local vegetation, the gates to some pretty impressive looking homes, the Wyndham Reef Resort, Morritt’s Tortuga Club, Tukka restaurant and on into the main East End drag before you’re heading toward Lovers Wall, Health City and some beautiful views of the sea as you make your way back to Breakers and the Lighthouse restaurant.
As if the joy of riding your bike in the social atmosphere that this event promises wasn’t enough, you have a chance of winning prizes too! There will be awards and prizes for the best and funniest cat- or dog-themed cyclist.
All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and those willing to pay a bit extra can upgrade that to a commemorative cycling jersey.
Of course, after a scenic bike ride like that, everyone will have built up a powerful hunger. How useful, therefore, that it all begins and finishes at a restaurant. A continental breakfast will be provided after the ride, courtesy of Lighthouse restaurant and Giuseppe and Susanna Gatta, who are avid supporters of PAWS.
The PAWS organization stands for “Protection of Animal Welfare Society” and it focuses on animals in the eastern districts. It helps those who cannot afford medical assistance for their pets; runs an active spaying and neutering program; and tries to find foster and forever homes for animals that need them.
Registration for PAWS on Wheels is from 6:15-6:45 a.m. on Sunday, and the ride begins at 7 a.m. Entrance fee including T-shirt and breakfast is $25 for adults, or $50 to upgrade to the commemorative jersey. Kids under 12 are free and get a free T-shirt. They can also choose to ride the 5-mile or 10-mile route.
For more information, call Giuseppe Gatta at 916-1731.