Kingston – Hundreds of engines will thunder to life in unison as the 15 th annual Kingston- Quinte Telus Motorcycle Ride For Dad takes place May 25. The annual event, which raises money for Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness, is responsible for delivering over $1.4 million dollars to the cause over the past 14 years.
“We were the second location in Canada to organize a Ride For Dad,” says Marion Perry. She has been involved since the inaugural event and for the past 13 years she has shouldered a great deal of the work for the cause each year.
The first ride was small and it left from the Motosport Plus parking lot. Today, the ride takes place from the Cataraqui Arena, at 1030 Sunnyside Road, just off the Sydenham Road exit on Highway 401.
“We now host close to 500 motorcycles of all types, with bikers who want to help raise funds for the charity while they enjoy a great day of riding and camaraderie,” she adds.
Perry, who lost her own father to prostate cancer, says the ride has two messages.
“If you are a male over 40 years of age, you need to get checked. A simple PSA blood test every other year will help detect prostate cancer,” she explains. “The earlier it is detected the better are the odds that it can be beaten.”
She notes the second message is that continued progress in the fight against prostate cancer takes money.
“The money raised in the local ride funds research and awareness right here in Kingston,” she notes.
John Ruthowsky of Kingston also sits on the board and helps organize the annual ride. A 16-year survivor of Prostate Cancer he has participated in every ride and to date has personally raised over $10,000.
“I am proof that you can survive if it is detected early. We want to beat this cancer,” he says. Riders can pre-register on line, or simply print an entry and then raise money through pledges. They can also register at the event.
“We encourage people to raise money by asking their friends, and neighbors to make pledges. Donations over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt and this year, donations of $30 or more could win the donor a $100 gas card,” he adds. “However, riders can also participate by just signing up and paying the $30 registration fee.”
He explains that people who don’t ride can also donate in person at the event, or on-line. This year, the Ride’s National Ambassador is Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers. For every $100 participants raise in pledges they will receive a contest entry with the winner receiving a Road Hammers VIP Concert Package for two valued at $2,000.
“We are planning to make this the biggest ride ever as we celebrate our 15 th year,” says Perry. “Save the date. Help us celebrate!” she adds.
To participate or donate visit http://www.ridefordad.ca/kingston-quinte.
Pre-registration for the ride takes place at the Cataraqui Arena from 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday, May 24. Ride day registration is from 7:30 am to 9 am. The ride begins at 9:30 am and parades along Princess Street in Kingston before heading out of town. It will stop in Gananoque for lunch at Gananoque Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac.
If you wish to volunteer either on or before ride day please contact Tianna Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-541-8579.