Memo­rial ride-a-thon raises more than $15,000 in five years for Janeway

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The sixth an­nual memo­rial Claude Hayward Clarke Ride-athon took place in Shearstown-But­lerville, Sun­day May 31. This year’s event brought the to­tal fundrais­ing en­deav­our to more than $15,000.

“Claude passed away sud­denly Feb. 21 with an ab­scess at the stem of the brain,” said his cousin Hayward But­ler, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event.

The young man was 22 when he passed away.

“Claude loved to ride his bike so his mother San­dra de­cided to have a memo­rial ride-a-thon in his mem­ory — this is a way to keep his mem­ory alive.”

But­ler said the first ride in 2004 con­sisted of mostly Claude’s fam­ily mem­bers.

“Then there was such a re­sponse his mother de­cided to do it in aid of the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal start­ing in 2005.”

The first prize in fundrais­ing this year was a brand new moun­tain bike, fully equipped, won by Cindy En­nis of Pla­cen­tia.

Sec­ond prize of $100 went to Ja­son Reid of Shearstown, and the $50 third prize was won by Con Par­sons of Pla­cen­tia.

“With all fundrais­ing ef­forts from ticket sales, Christ­mas tree lighting, spon­sor sheets and bal­loon sales, this year’s ef­forts raised $5,175 for the Janeway which will be pre­sented at the an­nual Janeway telethon,” said But­ler.

“ Right now, we’re over the $15,000 mark over­all over the past five years.”

“This year’s ride-a-thon was noth­ing but a com­plete suc­cess,” Claude’s mother San­dra said. “With over 30 bikes and 20 ve­hi­cles each year it is get­ting big­ger and bet­ter.”

Ev­ery year San­dra takes her place in the line, be­hind an­other fam­ily mem­ber who leads the ride-a-thon on Claude’s bi­cy­cle. Due to prob­lems with her back and arm, this year San­dra feared she would not be able to ride at all.

How­ever, her nephew Hayward But­ler solved the prob­lem.

“I found out Regi­nald and Doreen Pet­ten of Green’s Road, Bay Robert’s had one,” he said. “I ap­proached them as com­plete strangers — and they were more than happy to be able to help us out. It was a bit tricky — try­ing to get us to start and stop the bike but over­all it was a pretty smooth ride,” he said.

About 40 peo­ple turned out at St. Mark’s Angli­can Church in Shearstown for a prayer.

Af­ter the ride they stopped at St. Mark’s Hall in But­lerville for a fam­ily fun day with free re­fresh­ments, mu­sic and door prizes.

Claude’s mom, his sis­ter Suzanne and brother Ray­mond ex­pressed grat­i­tude to every­one who helped, as well as any­one who bought tick­ets and par­tic­i­pated in the event.

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LINEUP - The of­fi­cial line up for the an­nual memo­rial Claude Hayward Clarke Ride-a-thon be­gan at Claude’s house in Pick­ett’s Road May 31. BAN­NERS - Claude’s cousin, Hayward But­ler, pre­pares a Bay Roberts fire truck for the sixth an­nual ride-a-thon in Claude’s mem­ory.

PRAYER - Dressed in their memo­rial ride T-shirts, Claude’s fam­ily gath­ered at his grave­side for a prayer on the day of the ride. Front from left: his brother Jor­dan Clarke, cousin Hayward But­ler Jr., and nephew Joshua Snow. Back row: Claude’s mother San­dra Clarke, his aunt Louise Sey­mour hold­ing his cousin Emily Lev­ery, aunt Noreen Holmes, sis­ter Suzanne Clarke, cousins Court­ney Lev­ery, Mar­i­anne Drover, and Billy But­ler.

MEMO­RIAL - This bi­cy­cle, in front of a memo­rial ta­ble for Claude Hayward Clarke, was the prize for the top fundraiser in the ride.

FOR TWO - Un­able to ride by her­self this year due to health prob­lems, Claude’s mother takes a back seat on a bi­cy­cle built for two be­hind Hayward But­ler. The bi­cy­cle was do­nated to the ride by Reg and Doreen Pet­ten of Bay Roberts.

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