Relic Riders wins vol­un­teer award

Di­a­betes as­so­ci­a­tion rec­og­nizes mo­tor­cy­cle club for its sup­port

The Compass - - OPINION -

The Car­bon­ear based Relic Riders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club has been awarded a re­gional vol­un­teer of the year award by the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion.

The pre­sen­ta­tion took place in St. John’s on April 26, and rec­og­nizes the on­go­ing ef­forts of the club to raise aware­ness and funds for the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Club mem­ber Gord Ash said the award came as a sur­prise, and mem­bers are very hum­bled by the at­ten­tion.

The pre­sen­ta­tion took place dur­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Since 2003, the club has hosted an an­nual Show ‘N Shine at Paddy’s Gar- den in Car­bon­ear, with the pro­ceeds sup­port­ing a chil­dren’s camp­ing pro­gram called Camp Douwanna.

In all, the club has do­nated some $38,000, and that num­ber will grow fol­low­ing this year’s event, which is sched­uled for July 28-29.

“To be able to help kids af­fected with ju­ve­nile di­a­betes is a won­der­ful feel­ing,” Ash added.

Ash said an in­cred­i­ble ef­fort is made to host the fam­ily friendly event, both by club mem­bers and their spouses.

Club pres­i­dent Bruno Re­ichel ac­cepted the award, which can go to an in­di­vid­ual or group.

“The spirit of to­geth­er­ness, team­work and com­mu­nity dis­played by this fam­ily of di­a­betes cham­pi­ons is truly in­spir­ing,” said Carol Ann Smith, re­gional di­rec­tor, New­found­land and Labrador.

The 2012 vol­un­teers of the year award hon­ours those who have gone above and be­yond to sup­port the work of the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion.

The club de­cided to stage the Show ‘ N Shine af­ter Brit­tany Trick­ett, the daugh­ter of one of its mem­bers, Neil “Buzz” Trick­ett, was di­ag­nosed with ju­ve­nile di­a­betes.

The club’s fi­nan­cial sup­port gives chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to learn about di­a­betes man­age­ment in a safe and fun en­vi­ron­ment, said Smith.

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