It’s more than just a bike ride

The Her­itage Rid­ers con­tinue fundrais­ing

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - Pho­tos Sub­mit­ted To find more in­for­ma­tion or to make a do­na­tion please go to ‘ www.her­itagerid­er­smo­tor­cy­cle­as­so­ci­a­’ or con­tact Reuben Nose­wor­thy at (709) 826-2919.

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.

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