‘Ride for Rachel’ planned for Sept. 16

Or­ga­nizer al­ready over­whelmed by amount of sup­port

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET

When Carla Green­ing de­cided to or­ga­nize the Ride for Rachel in sup­port of 13-yearold Rachel Ryan, who lost her mother and fa­ther Mike and Paula, and brother Mike, in a high­way ac­ci­dent in Au­gust, she says she had no idea how big the event would be­come.

“Ini­tially I thought it would be just a few peo­ple from around the lo­cal area, that ride mo­tor­cy­cles and wanted to join in,” she ex­plained.

But Green­ing says that now so many peo­ple have told her they plan on at­tend­ing that she has no way to keep track of how many peo­ple will show up.

“I have no idea how many peo­ple are com­ing. It’s crazy,” she said.

“Where it’s been so vi­ral… peo­ple say, ‘oh you’re the one that’s do­ing the ride, when is it again?’ and I’ll say ‘on the six­teenth,’ and they say, “oh I’ll be there,’ or some­one will send me a mes­sage say­ing, ‘count me in, what can I do?’”

“There are peo­ple want­ing even to know if they can come in their trac­tor trailer,” she added.

Green­ing says that the ride is be­ing con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with an­other fundrais­ing event, the #Love for Paula. Rachel’s Trust, and that monies raised will go to­ward that fund. https://www.go­fundme.com/ love-for-paula-racheals-trust

“This is just an add-on to go to­wards that,” Green­ing ex­plained.

Green­ing says that amount of sup­port and in­ter­est al­ready shown has been in­cred­i­ble.

“I’m speech­less. It’s un­be­liev­able, over­whelm­ing,” said Green­ing.

“I’ve got peo­ple from all over do­ing their own fundrais­ers to bring that day, to par­tic­i­pate and show sup­port.”

Green­ing says she heard about the tragic ac­ci­dent through Face­book.

“I heard about an ac­ci­dent that hap­pened out on the high­way. I was hav­ing a fire one night, and I clicked on Face­book, and I seen this name come up…I was floored. I said ‘no, it can’t be.’”

When Green­ing re­al­ized her child­hood friend had left a young daugh­ter be­hind, she knew she needed to do some­thing. “Just know­ing that her daugh­ter don’t have her par­ents to turn to. If it was me I would wish, and pray to God that some­one was there to take care of me…I want this lit­tle girl to know that she’s not alone. And be­lieve me, with the amount of peo­ple she’s not. She can pretty much turn to any­body for help.”

The ride will take place Satur­day, Sept. 16. The ride de­parts from the Tim Hor­tons on the TCH out­side of Clarenville at 11 a.m. The ride will head east through North­west Brook and then back up the high­way down through South­ern Har­bour, and then back to Clarenville where things will fin­ish up at the Ran­dom Square Mall. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Carla Green­ing on Face­book or at 425-155

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