Cruise Don’t Bruise

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS -

The East­ern Ot­tawa Re­source Cen­tre held its first-ever “Cruise Don’t Bruise” fundraiser to sup­port its women and vi­o­lence pro­grams on Satur­day, Sept. 11.

Over 100 par­tic­i­pants rode on mo­tor­cy­cles across the east end from the cen­tre’s home at Bea­con Hill Shop­ping Cen­tre to its satel­lite of­fice at Sir Wil­frid Lau­rier Sec­ondary School on Tenth Line Road.

“It was so amaz­ing to see, they just kept com­ing like ants,” EORC vol­un­teer devel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor Gayle Down­ing said in an e-mail to the Or­léans Star, not­ing Ot­tawa’s other ma­jor mo­tor­cy­cle fundraiser, Ride for Dad, had just 15 bik­ers in its first edi­tion. “We were thrilled be­yond be­lief that it went so well.”

Fi­nal fundrais­ing num­bers were not yet avail­able, but Down­ing noted that they cer­tainly raised aware­ness about the cen­tre’s abuse pro­grams, which helped over 2,000 clients last year.

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