Ride for Quinn

ATV rid­ers gather to­gether to raise money for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The sec­ond an­nual Ride for Quinn saw hun­dreds of bikes and thou­sands of dol­lars, as bike rid­ers and bikes, dec­o­rated in pink and pur­ple, rode through Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace last weekend. Event or­ga­niz­ers Stacy La­hey and Eric Wel­don spoke with The Compass about the event, and plans for its fu­ture.

There was a sea of pink and pur­ple on the morn­ing of May 13 as hun­dreds of ATVs and dirt­bikes were dec­o­rated to par­tic­i­pate in the sec­ond an­nual Ride for Quinn in Car­bon­ear.

The colours were Quinn Butt’s favourites. She was fiveyears-old when she died last April.

Stacy La­hey, one of the event’s or­ga­niz­ers, told The Compass that they were blown away by how many peo­ple showed up last year, and that the de­ci­sion to re­peat the event ev­ery year came al­most in­stantly af­ter the event’s suc­cess in 2016.

“Last year we wanted to do an event to show sup­port for Quinn’s fam­ily, and raise some money for them,” ex­plained La­hey. “It all came to­gether in about 10 days, and it was amaz­ing how many peo­ple came out to show their sup­port for Quinn’s mother and her fam­ily.”

Eric Wel­don is a mem­ber of NL ATV, a group of ATV rid­ers based out of the prov­ince. He says that the group was plan­ning a ride through Car­bon­ear last year, which just so hap­pened to be around the time La­hey and other or­ga­niz­ers were plan­ning some­thing in Quinn’s name. Wel­don ex­plained that the group de­cided to take part, and ul­ti­mately de­cided on a ride in Quinn’s name.

“We’re rais­ing money for char­i­ties, and ba­si­cally ev­ery­thing to do with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” said Wel­don.

La­hey added, “We want to

be some­thing of a voice for the com­mu­nity, to show that there are other peo­ple out there who suf­fer from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and there are peo­ple out there who want to stand against it.”

This year’s Ride for Quinn paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to Katie Costello and her daugh­ter, Mag­gie, who was a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Money raised dur­ing this year’s Ride for Quinn will be put to­ward a down pay­ment for a wheelchair ac­ces­si­ble home for Katie and Mag­gie, as well as a do­na­tion to the neona­tal unit at the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in St. John’s.

“The ride will al­ways be called the ‘Ride for Quinn’,” said La­hey, “but ev­ery year we want to use the money we raise to sup­port dif­fer­ent peo­ple, and dif­fer­ent causes. This year Mag­gie’s story came to our at­ten­tion, so we want to lend a helping hand to her and her mom as best we can.”

De­spite some snow­fall early in the morn­ing, the event saw around 300 bikes gather for the event. At the end, rid­ers got to­gether to draw for dif­fer­ent prizes in­clud­ing a pa­tio set and some signed sports jer­seys, along with a bar­beque and live mu­sic.

A to­tal of $11,550 was raised, which will be do­nated to Costello and the neona­tal unit at the Janeway.

Next year’s Ride for Quinn is al­ready be­ing planned, said La­hey, and will likely take place some­time in June.

“This year Mag­gie’s story came to our at­ten­tion, so we want to lend a helping hand to her and her mom as best we can.”

Stacy La­hey

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COMPASS

Hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants de­parted from Paddy’s Gar­den on the morn­ing of May 13 as part of the Ride For Quinn, in mem­ory of Quinn Butt. The ride went from Car­bon­ear to Har­bour Grace.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COMPASS

The Ride For Quinn is planned to take place ev­ery year, with next year’s event tak­ing place in June.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COMPASS

ATVs, dirt­bikes, and rid­ers alike were all dec­o­rated in pink and pur­ple – Quinn’s favourite colours.

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