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Near record for Motorcycle Ride for Dad, fundraising hits $2.2M mark

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A near-record number of riders hit the road Saturday for the 10th TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad.
Just over 1,430 riders took part, less than a 100 shy of the record of 1,510 riders set last year. Funds raised from this year’s Ride is expected to exceed $350,000, bringing the 10-year fundraising total to over $2.2 million. Proceeds stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education.
“We are so very grateful to all our riders, pledge donors, sponsors and volunteers,” said MRFD co-chair Moe Sabourin in a press release. “The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad has led the nation over the past few years in terms of funds raised and total number of registered riders. It appears we have a great chance of doing so again this year. One hundred percent of pledge donations are used in the fight against prostate cancer as all expenses are underwritten by corporate sponsors.”
Starting from the Polo Park Shopping Centre parking lot next to Earls, motorcycle riders rode west in a police escorted parade down Portage Avenue to Assiniboia Downs, then north to Selkirk, Gimli and back. The day-long event culminated with a wind-up celebration at Cowboys, Canad Inns Windsor Park.
Joining the TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad official start were Celebrity Ride Captains Ami Houde, women’s motocross champion and Monster-truck driver; CTV News anchor Gord Leclerc; and Blue Bombers Alumni Doug Brown and Obby Khan.
Guest speakers included provincial Agriculture minister Ralph Eichler; RCMP Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody; Supt. Rich Loewen of Winnipeg Police Service; Chief John Lane of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service; and MRFD spokesperson and prostate cancer survivor Ed Johner.
The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad is led by the Winnipeg Police Association with the volunteer organizing committee made up of Winnipeg police officers, community and business leaders, and dedicated citizens.
Additional funds are being raised in a motorcycle raffle with the winner receiving a 2018 Indian Chieftain from Headingley Sport Shop. Tickets are just $10 each or 3 for $25 and are available at all Windsor Plywood stores and the Headingley Sport Shop. Draw date is Sept. 21.

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