Se­away Val­ley Rid­ers raise money for Hospice

Seaway News - - News - SHAWNA O’NEILL

CORN­WALL, On­tario – The first ever Ride for Hospice that was hosted by Se­away Val­ley Rid­ers at­tracted 86 mo­tor­cy­clists and sev­eral pas­sen­gers on Satur­day, Aug. 11.

Rid­ers en­joyed over 75 kms of travel and warm weather while mak­ing stops in Alexan­dria and at St-al­bert Cheese.

“We have 31 mem­bers in our club, and it’s only been a cou­ple of years that we came to­gether as a club…we de­cided to do some­thing. With the num­bers we have, we could do some­thing good,” said Mike Da­ge­nais, a mem­ber of the Se­away Val­ley Rid­ers.

Da­ge­nais ex­pects to raise over $8,000 and an­tic­i­pates funds to con­tinue trick­ling in over the next few weeks. He said that funds will be al­lo­cated by Hospice where they are needed.

“Hospice touches vir­tu­ally ev­ery hu­man be­ing (in Corn­wall),” said Kat Alder­son, a mem­ber of the Se­away Val­ley Rid­ers. “Be­cause it’s not a govern­ment funded or­ga­ni­za­tion, it’s run mostly with vol­un­teers. They need this money to con­tinue to of­fer one of the best things for end of life that they can. They al­low part­ners and fam­i­lies to spend time with their loved ones and not have to look af­ter them.”

“We’ve been over­whelmed with the re­sponse we have been get­ting from the bik­ing com­mu­nity, friends, restau­rants, spon­sors — they gave us so much of ev­ery­thing so we can make the most money at the end of the day,” said Da­ge­nais.

Kim Hur­tubise, the owner of St. Lawrence Blvd Pub, was happy and ex­cited to host the rid­ers be­fore and af­ter their ride.

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