Ride for Quinn
ATV riders gather together to raise money for domestic violence
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.”
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.
The Ride For Quinn is planned to take place every year, with next year’s event taking place in June.
ATVs, dirtbikes, and riders alike were all decorated in pink and purple – Quinn’s favourite colours.