‘Ride for Rachel’ planned for Sept. 16
Organizer already overwhelmed by amount of support
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