Canal du Midi Charity Bike Ride: The final chapter….

Jayne & Tony Ray


Back in October 2014 Jayne Ray, President of the Cancer Support France – Gascony suggested at the General Meeting that she and her husband might ride the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Marseillan on the mediterranean. The principle reason was because her son had done it…and did we think it was an idea to make it an event for the charity?

Why not, we all thought. A few emails were sent out, we tentatively put our hands up to volunteer for different roles and off we went in our different directions. A few weeks later and the idea had been presented to the National committee of the charity, more emails followed, and an extremely kind lady, Annette Morris, asked me to ring her to discuss how she might be able to help.

With Annette steering the marketing, an article appeared in The Connexion, followed by an article in The Telegraph. Annette’s contacts took us to media sponsors like Freewheeling France and VideoProFrance. A website appeared as if out of the blue ( and a Facebook page to match.

The website, video and Facebook page reached far and wide as more and more friends, family, CSF members and supporters ‘shared’ and ‘liked’.

Tomorrow 58 riders will gird their loins in readiness to set off on this adventure along the beautiful tow paths of the Canal du Midi.

Along the way, on Day 3 (Tuesday), KTEA Salon du Thé is moving it’s shop from Azille to the side of the canal to provide picnics to hungry lunchtime munchers; on Day 4 (Wednesday), Mellow Velos in Paraza are offering yummy flapjacks to boost energy levels, and on Day 5, (Thursday) Béziers Bike Rentals will be standing by with chilled water to quench the thirsty riders.

Finally, patiently waiting on the beach by the rippling waters of the Mediterranean will be Renestance, a beautiful team of ladies who will be providing the final sundowner.

We are delighted and overwhelmed with the support we have received for this event, and looking forward to sharing feedback and photos from participants and organisers later this week.

Cancer Support France is here to help individuals and their families deal with Cancer through translations, transport, face to face or telephone contact. Completely confidentially.

Jackie Clarke – CSF Gascony (6th June 2015)