Ride for Sight
Participants gather in Gander to raise funds to fight blindness
Participants gather in Gander to fight blindness.
The rain on Saturday didn’t discourage participants of Gander’s Ride for Sight event; instead, they soaked up the experience at the Steele Community Centre.
Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the province gathered this past weekend to help raise funds to fight blindness.
Deborah Brewster, the national events coordinator at the Foundation Fighting Blindness, said the event has become a tradition within the province.
“There are definitely people who are die-hards and come every year,” said Brewster. “It’s a real Canadian tradition.”
Brewster expected that roughly 500 people would make an appearance throughout the weekend. The event featured bikes games, draws and many more activities.
Brewster said she was overwhelmed by Gander’s hospitality.
“There couldn’t be a better place than Gander. The people here are so friendly and willing to get involved,” she said.
Brewster also commented on the support from the town’s small businesses.
Speaking to people at the event, they’re not just from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Scott Seren, from Mississauga, Ont., said he recently participated in a Ride for Sight event in Ontario but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Gander.
“It’s beautiful out here,” said Seren.
Loretta George lives in Fort McMurray but plans her visits home around the event.
“This is my 11th year. I’ve got some friends coming from Corner Brook. It’s wonderful,” said George.
Although the weather is less than optimal, participants couldn’t be happier.
“It’s only water. I’m not made of sugar so I think we should be OK,” said Seren.
From left to right, Tara Mouland, Kate O’Brien and Tony Shea weren’t discouraged by a little rain.
This is the 11th year that Loretta George has participated in the Ride for Sight. She plans her trip home around the event.