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Mo­tor­cy­cle ride to raise money for Kids Eat Smart pro­gram at North­ern Penin­sula schools

Northern Pen - - Front page - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS stephen.roberts@north­ern­pen.ca

Chris Humby is hop­ing lo­cal bikers will gear up for a great cause on Aug. 25.

The St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet biker is presently or­ga­niz­ing the first an­nual “Just the Tip” Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride.

It will raise funds for the Kids Eat Smart pro­gram at lo­cal schools on the tip of the Great North­ern Penin­sula.

Rid­ers will de­part from St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet, travel to Rod­dick­ton, on to Plum Point, through the Straits re­gion and will con­clude the ride in St. An­thony.

This loop, along both route 430 and 432, will be ap­prox­i­mately 350 kilo­me­tres.

Thus far, four bikes have reg­is­tered. While Humby is hop­ing to get as many as pos­si­ble, he says he would con­sider 10 bikes a suc­cess­ful event.

Humby hopes it will help en­tice more rid­ers to visit the Great North­ern Penin­sula, high­light­ing the re­gion’s great scenery.

In or­ga­niz­ing the event, Humby was in­spired by other fundrais­ing bike rides in Gan­der, Stephenville and St. John’s.

“It’s a way to get to­gether, to just en­joy the ride, have some fun and bring some aware­ness to a great pro­gram,” he told The North­ern Pen.

Ben­e­fits

Humby is well-ac­quainted with the ben­e­fits of the Kids Eat Smart pro­gram and chose to raise money to help en­sure school chil­dren get a healthy meal.

He has two grand­chil­dren cur­rently at­tend­ing Tru­man Ed­di­son Me­mo­rial School in St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet and one grand­child who will start this fall. His wife also vol­un­teers for the Kids Eat Smart pro­gram.

The pro­gram pro­vides three lunch meals at the school each week.

“These are great lunch meals, it’s a cost-sav­ing for the par­ents,” he said. “It’s a great pro­gram. Ev­ery kid goes to school and af­ter lunch goes back to class with a full belly. I think it’s vi­tal.”

How­ever, it costs money to run the pro­gram and it re­quires more vol­un­teers.

Humby says the ride is both to raise funds and to cre­ate aware­ness that these pro­grams can’t be done with­out vol­un­teers.

Funds will be gen­er­ated through spon­sor­ships lead­ing up to the event and other fundrais­ers.

STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Chris Humby of St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet, pic­tured on his mo­tor­cy­cle, is or­ga­niz­ing the first an­nual “Just the Tip” Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride to raise money for the Kids Eat Smart pro­gram at lo­cal schools. The ride will take place on Aug. 25.

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