Local business issues a Grand Fondo ‘Change a Life’ challenge


The Gran Fondo Lake Huron Change a Life Challenge, presented by Bruce Power, announced its first official Team Challenge last week in Port Elgin.

The staff at the Super 8 motel in Port Elgin have joined the Change A Life Challenge and, together, will be logging their kilometers from now until August as they plan to walk across Ontario in an what would be a distance walk of 1,114 km.

                                     Super 8 Staff issues a Change a Life Challenge

This year, fundraising is more important than ever as participants will be raising funds to purchase a new defibrillator and new vital ECG machines for the local hospital.

The Super 8 Team is thrilled to take part in the event this year to help support healthcare in their community and, therefore, has issued a challenge to other local businesses and residents.

                       Super 8 Staff excited to participate in Gran Fondo for health care

“The Super 8 has always been a proud supporter of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.  Normally, we would only be involved as a sponsor and to provide accommodations for participants given that the Grand Fondo takes places during what has been our very busy ‘tourist/visitor’ August weekend but, with the event going virtual this year, it is our opportunity to be able to actually participate in the event itself,” says Super 8 General Manager, Jenn Cortan.  “While our team’s goal is to virtually “Walk Across Ontario” by August 15th, 2021, a trek of some 1,114kms, we also are holding out the challenge to help us “Walk around Lake Huron”, a whopping distance of 6,164kms!”

Businesses and residents can answer the challenge in a number of ways:

1. Register yourself or create a team for the Change a Life Challenge at www.granfondolakehuron.ca and try to meet or beat the Super 8 team’s fundraising and distance
2. Register and join the Super 8 team online to help them raise funds and log km’s.
a. Go to raceroster.com
b. Search gran fondo lake huron in the search box at the top left of the screen
c. Click on Gran Fondo Lake Huron
d. Just down from the top of the page Teams will be listed, click on Super 8
e. You can then click join the team or click on make a donation to the team
OR use the direct link below

Direct link to the Super 8 Team page, copy and paste into your browser: https://raceroster.com/events/2021/46246/the-gran-fondo-lake-huron/pledge/team?id=3

Super 8 staff and Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) are hoping to create some amazing community fun this summer through local community challenges like this. Local businesses, sports teams, organizations, groups of friends and family are encouraged to form a team and answer the challenge or create their own challenge and submit photos to tmurray@gbhs.on.ca .  Share your story and promote your challenge to the community.

Simply call us 226-930-1114 or email tmurray@gbhs.on.ca

The fundraising prizes this year could help “change your life” while the fundraising dollars you raise will help “change or save a life” for others.


  • Anyone who raises $250 will automatically be entered into the entry level prizing draws which consist of $1,500 in prizes (prizes value from $100-$200 each).
  • As soon as you raise $500 you will automatically be entered into the mid-level prizing draws which consist of $3,500 in prizes (prize values range from $300 and up)

Once you raise $1,000 you will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize draws which include:

$10,000 towards your mortgage or rent
Groceries for a year ($6,000 value)
Gas for a year ($5,000 value)
A Saugeen Shores excursion valued at $2,000
For every $500 you raise over $1000 you will get another ballot in the Grand Prize draws.

Participants are eligible to win more than once.