Corn­wall res­i­dent raises $4,120 for prostate can­cer

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OT­TAWA, On­tario – Kick­stands went up at 8:30 a.m. on June 2 when over 1,200 mo­tor­cy­clists par­tic­i­pated in the TELUS Ot­tawa Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride For Dad. The ride raised $207,115 for prostate can­cer re­search this year.

Bob Kikkert of Corn­wall, a prostate can­cer sur­vivor, sur­passed his goal for 2018 and raised $4,120.

“In to­tal we have con­trib­uted $31,300 over the past 11 years with this year be­ing the best yet,” said Kikkert in re­gards to lo­cal fundrais­ing.

The event revved up at the Canada Avi­a­tion and Space Mu­seum and ended at the Canada Post build­ing on Riverside Drive.

“As long as I can ride my Har­ley mo­tor­cy­cle I will sup­port this ride,” said Kikkert. “This is a char­ity I whole­heart­edly sup­port, partly be­cause I am a prostate can­cer sur­vivor of 17 years, and also be­cause this is a char­ity with many vol­un­teers. So al­most all of the money goes into re­search, sup­port for men suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease and for pub­lic aware­ness.”

Kikkert’s son Tim is an Ex­ec­u­tive for the Ride to Live in B.C., which also sup­ports prostate can­cer re­search. He has raised over $60,000 in eight years and hopes to work to­gether with his father next year to break the $100,000 mark.

Ac­cord­ing to Keith Fong, Co- Chair of the Ot­tawa Ride, funds raised will be used for prostate can­cer re­search and aware­ness in the Ot­tawa re­gion.

“There is al­ways money that flows into the Ride af­ter ride day, so this num­ber will go up slightly. Fi­nal num­bers to be con­firmed shortly,” said Fong.

Kikkert’s fundraid­ing page can be found here: http:// sup­port. pcff. ca/ site/ TR/ Ride­for­dad2018/mrfd_­gen­eral?px=1010642 &pg=per­sonal&fr_id=1669 and do­na­tions are still be­ing ac­cepted.

SOUTH STOR­MONT, On­tario – Bryan Mcgillis is re­turn­ing to South Stor­mont pol­i­tics and is run­ning for Mayor.

Mcgillis pre­vi­ously served as Mayor from 2006-2014. Last elec­tion, he was re­placed by cur­rent Mayor Jim Ban­croft, who is not run­ning for re-elec­tion.

Mcgillis touted his ex­pe­ri­ence as Mayor and out­lined his goals of cre­at­ing a more open mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment.

“As head of coun­cil I will im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tions to the ratepay­ers by ask­ing the me­dia to be present again,” Mcgillis said in a writ­ten state­ment. “I will en­cour­age coun­cil to al­low the head per­son of each depart­ment to make re­ports at all coun­cil meet­ings which is no longer hap­pen­ing.”

Mcgillis said that one of his goals was to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture, but aimed to not overly burden tax­pay­ers with those costs.

“There is not a lot of money out there, but we need to be out there knock­ing on doors,” he said in an in­ter­view with Se­away News.

Mcgillis re­marked that when he was Mayor, he would pe­ti­tion provin­cial min­is­ters in or­der to get money for mu­nic­i­pal pro­jects and gave the ex­am­ple of Jeff Leal, the for­mer Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture who Mcgillis lob­bied for road­work fund­ing.

“In my last four years as Mayor, we had the low­est taxes in SD&G,” claimed Mcgillis. “And that doesn’t mean we weren’t still get­ting things done. You can’t run a mu­nic­i­pal­ity on taxes alone.”

Other pol­icy goals Mcgillis hoped to ful­fill if elected Mayor would be to at­tract more busi­ness to South Stor­mont, and pres­sure the provin­cial govern­ment to make safety im­prove­ments to Hwy 138.

Mcgillis was first elected to coun­cil in 1988 at the age of 27.

South Stor­mont vot­ers go to the polls on Oct. 22.

Bob Kikkert rode his mo­tor­cy­cle in the Ride for Dad on June 2. (Nick See­bruch/ TC Me­dia)

(Nick See­bruch/ TC Me­dia).

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