Thursday, September 16, 2010

Grind For Kids

As part of last week's Grind for Kids fundraising event for BC Children's Hospital, VO's orchestra concertmaster Mark Ferris rode his bike from downtown Vancouver across the Lions Gate Bridge and to the foot of Grouse Mountain.

That was just phase I.

For phase II, he had to ascend the infamous Grind by foot. Starting at the base of the mountain, which is already 300m/985ft above sea level, Mark hiked up an additional 500m/1640ft and in an impressive 45 minutes, made his way to the top.

Once the peak was reached, Mark had to complete the challenge by descending by gondola and biking back across the Lions Gate Bridge.

Not an easy feat but our orchestra concertmaster beat the challenge and raised money for this amazing cause. Well done, Mark!

Oh, and just how awesome is Mark Ferris? Last year, for VO's participation in CIBC's Run for the Cure, Mark was one of the fastest runners in the entire race, finishing the 5K challenge in just 20 minutes.

~ Ling Chan

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