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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