It’s more than just a bike ride
The Heritage Riders continue fundraising
Most people look forward to spring, just to see an end to the winter season in general.
Bikers (motorcyclists) get through winter dreaming of getting back on their bike, after suffering what some refer to as ‘PMS’ or ‘Parked Motorcycle Syndrome’. Spring is the beginning of ride season! For the general public, all they may see are bikers simply out for a ride on their motorcycle; maybe a group of them on a Thursday evening when The Heritage Riders get together for a group ride.
What people don’t see is what is happening beyond the ride.
The Heritage Riders Motorcycle Association has approximately 120 members. Aside from their main annual fundraising event, ‘Johanna’s Memorial Ride the Boot’, the Heritage Riders also have poker runs to support individual fundraising events like the recent $300 donation to The Children’s Wish Foundation.
The first annual Johanna’s Memorial Ride the Boot raised $3500, enough to build a washroom in Johanna’s Day Spa for Kids in Garnish. It was in 2005, when a group of 25 bikes rode around the peninsula in support of Johanna’s Ride, the suggestion was made it become an annual event.
Since August 2006, the ride has grown significantly with approximately 400 regis- tered riders the past two years.
Fortunately, three years ago a Johanna’s Memorial Ride the Boot Committee was formed with dedicated bikers who work throughout the year to make it the success it is.
Donations to various charities over the past eight years are totalling in excess of $140,000.
During construction of Daffodil Place in St. John’s, The Heritage Riders donated over $16,000. Over the past five years, The Candlelighter’s Association, specifically Camp Delight, has been the main beneficiary.
Children with cancer and their siblings have received $116,500 in support of their annual weeklong camp to enjoy some normalcy in their life.
Not only do the Candlelighter’s benefit from Johanna’s Memorial Ride the Boot, a partnership has developed with Burin SPCA and Burin Fire Department. Over the past two years, in sharing of services during the ride, donations of $4,000 and $3,000 respectively to these organizations have been made.
In recent months, The Heritage Riders have also been able to support local fundraising efforts for individuals with donations in the amount of $1,000.
It is because of the generosity of corporate sponsors, the donations from the general public in sponsoring the riders who come to the ride; the riders themselves who give so generously, these charities continue to be supported.
The Heritage Riders look forward to the continued support from the community and want to thank you for your patience and keeping safety first when we are riding the boot this summer.
Lisa Grandy of the SPCA accepted a $4,000 donation from Heritage Riders Association members Craig Grandy (L) and Kris Shave.
Heritage Riders Association members (from left): Teri-Lyn Edwards, Peggy Clarke and Stephanie Oake presented a $3,000 cheque to Burin Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Calvin Drake and Fire Chief Jody Hayse.