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This was a weekend filled with overwhelming emotions, as we headed to Cape Breton for Gord’s final Ride 4 the Cure. There were smiles, hugs and tears on many faces as hundreds of bikers once again united to raise funds for this worthy cause. The weather was picture perfect and once again fun was had by all who attended.
Below are Gord & Mary’s recap of the weekend and their final words as they hope to pass the reins to another group of dedicated volunteers …
This year was the 10th Anniversary for Gord’s Ride 4 The Cure and was also the final event sponsored by Gord MacDonald and his wife Mary Prince. “We started this as a dream to have some bikers go around the Cabot Trail in the fall and perhaps raise a little money for Breast Cancer. It grew from the first year where we raised $5,000 to this final year where we were able to raise $121,220. Since the ride began there has been a total raised of $637,220. This has gone to both the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and also our local Cape Breton Hospital Foundation Cancer Clinic. We are so grateful to all of the people from Cape Breton Island who volunteer and support this event along with the many folks who come from across Canada year after year.
This year’s ride started Friday evening at the MTCC with a Biker Barbecue and great entertainment by The Relatives a 5 piece band from Eskasoni. The ride left MTCC Saturday morning at 9:00am sharp under RCMP escort led by the Pink Superior Propane Truck . Although they set out with fall in the air it warmed up as the day went on. When the riders reached Baddeck, they were welcomed at Alexander Graham Bell Museum by our big supporters the Baddeck Lions Club for refreshments provided by Tim Hortons. As usual, the bikers headed out for Cheticamp and relaxed at the many restaurants who donate to Ride 4 the Cure. Once again, Keltic Lodge welcomed them on their next stop with refreshments and smiling faces. After they rested, they set off for their final run back to the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre to draw their Poker Hand and celebrate a great run.
This year the ride was unique. Every year we are blessed with good fortune and generosity of so many, but we continue to be overwhelmed and honored by last year’s pledge to our Gord’s Ride 4 The Cure from local business man Kevin Lynk. He told his good friend Gord, he wanted him to auction his prized 1948 Indian Chief Motorcycle on his passing at our Ride 4 the Cure and ensure the proceeds went to the Hospital Foundation and specifically to the Cancer Clinic.
The bike was auctioned off by Professional Auctioneer Gordon McComb from Halifax for a staggering $35,000. Emotions were high, while the auctioneer worked his magic and drove the crowd into a frenzy, but when the dust settled, it was Joe Anthony who came out on top keeping the prized 1948 Indian Chief on Cape Breton Island. With the help of our friends Dale and Jan from R.U.A. Sports Fanatic and local donors, who supplied the remaining sports memorabilia, the auction generated an additional $13,500.
The after party was a great farewell party with music by “The Andrew Doyle Band”
The winner of the Poker Hand was Adrian Power who won a 2014 Kawasaki 4 Wheeler donated by Gord’s Sports Centre Racing and Canadian Kawasaki.
For the third year, WestJet donated airfare for 2 anywhere they fly and the winner this year was Louis MacSween.
The TOP TEN “+” Club was as follows:
Gold>Timothy Milley $12363 Tim is also highest fund raiser in the history of the ride
Silver>Walter Chow $4431
Bronze>Tina Slaunwhite $3275
Tom Sylliboy $3050
Alan Peddle $3015
Jeff MacDonald $2660
Louis Ferguson $2365
Edward Filek $1630
Terry Campbell $1510
George Isadore $1305
Leslie Fleet $1100
We have had such a wonderful time over the past 10 years. We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors, the volunteers, the fund raisers and of course our beloved bikers. We would love so much to have someone continue this ride. It is a tribute to what can be done when the spirit is there to give. We all have it in us to give. We don’t need to have it stay the same. Nothing is ever the same, but that doesn’t mean it can’t go on. Our dream would be for the love of the ride to live on and for the spirit of giving to continue. Remember, you all must know the route by now, and I know the communities would welcome you. A few pledge sheets and away you go. Now that it has started, I pray our wonderful beloved bikers and friends will pick a date, fly the pink ribbons and show the world that you are the folks who have made it all possible. We know your spirit, we love your commitment and we feel so very blessed that you have chosen to spend so much of your time and energy with us over the past 10 years.
Good Luck to each and every one of you and drive safely.
Big hugs to you all and thanks for the ride of our lives!
Gord and Mary
Nine years ago we were privileged to attend the first motorcycle rally in Nova Scotia promoting the fight against Breast Cancer. Gord’s Ride 4 the Cure was created by the dedicated husband and wife duo; Gord & Mary MacDonald; and takes place on the beautiful island of Cape Breton. Each year hundreds of riders (last year over 800 motorcycles) unite in Sydney and ride the world famous Cabot Trail, to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and/or the Cape Breton Hospital Foundation Cancer Centre.
Over the past 9 years; this ride has raised $516,000 for this worthy cause that probably has affected everyone reading this article; whether a family member, a friend or personally. At the time the ride started, breast cancer had already affected my family deeply with several of my relatives diagnosed, and successfully treated through surgery and related radiation and chemo therapies.
Then in 2010, I found myself receiving the news that every woman who endures the dreaded mammogram, does not want to hear – “You have breast cancer, and we are scheduling an appointment for you to meet your surgeon.” This news can take the wind out of your sails (as my family is fond of saying) pretty darn quick! But with the loving support of my husband, family and friends; I found the courage and inner peace to face this demon head-on.
I am one of the lucky ones; I am a survivor and this motorcycle rally has helped to provide the much needed funds to not only search for a cure and more effective treatments; but also provide support to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre; where others like me will spend months attending treatments, hoping their cancer was found in time.
Thank you Gord & Mary for your 10 years of dedication and commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer and helping others. As you step back as organizers; we hope a group of volunteers will continue the Ride 4 the Cure in future years. Plans and materials are available for a smooth transition if any new organizers are interested. Contact Gord at 902-539-4673 for more information.
10th Anniversary of Ride 4 the Cure
This is an action-packed weekend beginning on Friday night with a BIker BBQ at 6pm at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, followed with music by “The Relatives” and a Show n’Shine.
The following morning (Saturday), the ride departs Membertou TCC (same location) at 9am (under police escort) for the day-long event around the Cabot Trail; with punch-card stops at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck; various sponsor restaurants in Chetcamp; the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish Beach and finally returns to the Membertou TCC. Here your punch-card is submitted for your 5 poker cards; and the Poker Card Draw begins at 5pm.
Food and beverages are available with the Closing Party & Prizes awarded from 6:30-8pm. All fund raisers are eligible to be entered in a draw for airfare for two anywhere WestJet flies! We are happy to announce the top poker hand will receive a Kawasaki motorcycle compliments of Gord’s Sports Centre Racing & Kawasaki Canada. As always we will have lots of great prizes to give away!!
The LIVE AUCTION begins at 8pm, featuring Kevin Lynk’s 1948 Indian Chief Motorcycle.
Other auction items include:
25 Person Private Party with Colin Grant
Bell Bay Golf Passes 1 Round of Golf for 4 people with carts
Sidney Crosby 16 x 20 Autgraphed Picture, with Certificate of Authenticity
Tiger Woods 16 x 20 Picture, with Certificate of Authenticity
Jean Belliveau Autographed Picture, with Certificate of Authenticity
Montreal Legends Picture, 16 x 20 ,with Certificate of Authenticity
Chicago Black Hawks Team Photo with Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews Signed Picture, Certificate of Authenticity
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Hat Autographed by Sidney Crosby
Marc-Andre Fleury Hockey Puck
Sidney Crosby Picture
Green Bay Packers Golf Bag
Toronto Maple Leafs Golf Bag
Montreal Canadians Golf Bag
2 NHL tickets in for a Toronto game
2 Blue Jays Ball game tickets for a Toronto game
Harley Davidson Collage History
Screaming Eagles Hockey Stick
Hockey Tickets Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles January 25th with a night at the Prince George and Ale House meal included
1972 Team Canada Summit Series autographed by Alan Eagleson 1972
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay Hockey Jersey autographed
If you wish to participate in this years ride, or pledge to the ride, please pre-register and download the forms at http://www.ride4thecure.ca
If you wish to bid by phone at Saturday’s Auction; please pre-register with deposit at 902-539-4673, ask for Gord.
We hope to see you there!
How fast the summer has gone! Now the school season has started and our evenings are getting shorter each day. But we still have lots of fabulous riding weather left and many events to participate in before we close out the season.
We’ve been busy uploading photos this week to our site, so if you attended the Dutch Mason Blues Festival, Shediac Motorcycle Rally and/or the Digby Wharf Rat Rally last weekend; visit here and maybe we caught you on camera. http://motorcycletourguidens.smugmug.com/2013RalliesandEvents
This weekend is going to be a busy one in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, so be extra careful out there as riders will be on the road in groups supporting many great causes.
In Nova Scotia:
Early Friday morning Daniel Ross is departing on his 4th Annual Ride to the US – 911 Memorial Run. If anyone wants to join him and meet up with the Rolling Thunder Club in Maine, please call him at 902-870-4630 or email at email@example.com
On the South Shore on Saturday, the 18th Annual Mahone Bay Toy Run departs 3 Churches parking lot at 1pm for the scenic ride to Bridgewater. Registration is a new toy, school supplies or cash donation to the Salvation Army. Sponsored by the Maritime Motorcycle Touring Association.
In Glace Bay, Cape Breton on Saturday, the Cape Breton Freewheelin Club are hosting the Salvation Army Toy Ride . Departing Stream International parking lot at 12pm, admission is a new toy or cash donation to the Salvation Army.
Locally in Dartmouth, the Tribe of Judah Celebrates 10 years in Canada. Riders are invited to New Covenant Ministries in Dartmouth, Saturday at 4pm for a BBQ, Live Music, and Show n’Shine. Only $10 to enter your bike and all proceeds to the Bikers Down Society. (donations collected for BBQ)
On Sunday the Red Knights 911 Memorial Ride & Pam Vickery Memorial Ride have joined forces this year to honour the men and women who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Come join Biker TV and hundreds of your friends for this important ride. Registration is 11am at Sobeys, 268 Baker Drive in Dartmouth. Registration is $5 per person with the ride departing at 1pm. Limited commemorative patches & t-shirts available. Monies raised for Canadian Fallen Firefighters Association.
In the Annapolis Valley, the 18th Annual Biker Church Service takes place at the Aylesford Baptist Church, Sunday at 10:30am. A free dinner for all who attend, following the service at the fire hall.
And along the South Shore the 9th Annual Fallen Bikers Memorial Run is hosted by the Sou’West Nova Bikers Association. Registration is Sunday at 10:30am at the Lions Club, Parade St. in Yarmouth. $10/per poker hand with monies raised to support the Yarmouth Boys & Girls Club. (Rain date: Sept. 15th)
In New Brunswick:
On Saturday the 25th Anniversary of the Tantramar Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run takes place in Sackville, New Brunswick. Riders meet at McDonalds parking lot from noon to 1:45pm. Get a burger ticket at rear of parking lot and receive a free quarter pounder at McDonalds. Please bring a new toy or cash donation (receipts available on-site). Reception following with prizes and awards at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center; and a concert with Matt Minglewood later in the evening. Contact Mike Purdy at 506-536-7006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you choose to put a smile on a less fortunate child’s face this Christmas or proudly remember those who are no longer with us; get out and participate. The weather is just right…not too hot and not too cold…and we all know what’s coming in a few short months.
For more information on any of the above rides, visit our website for full details: http://www.motorcycletourguidens.com/2013-rallies-and-events
Hope to see you somewhere this weekend! As always ride safe and enjoy life.
Thousands of motorcyclists are heading to Digby, Nova Scotia from across the Maritimes; New England and Upper Canada to be a part of Atlantic Canada’s largest motorcycle rally this weekend.
With a full slate of activities planned, there is something for everyone during the event.
Please travel safely, and be on the alert as you ride our highways to Digby.
If you cannot join in the fun, you can always log on the live web cam to view the Digby waterfront and watch the motorcycles in town. Visit: http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/special/event-cam.html for live web cam coverage of the downtown area.
Hope to see you there!
Harold & Wendy Nesbitt