Cornwall resident raises $4,120 for prostate cancer
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.