Ride for Sight

Par­tic­i­pants gather in Gan­der to raise funds to fight blind­ness

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY JOSH HEALEY Twit­ter: @joshrjheal josh.healey@tc.tc

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.

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