Posted Under: Featured
Excerpt from our column Let’s Ride, Wheels section of the Chronicle Herald, October 1, 2009
What a great way to spend the last weekend of summer, joining 800+ motorcyclists in Cape Breton for Gord’s Annual Ride 4 the Cure, around the spectacular Cabot Trail!
Riders come from all across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island for this great fundraiser and always leave with a smile and fond memories.
On Friday night at the pre-ride party and celebrations, Gord kept everyone up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts and first hinted at a postponement of the ride until Sunday morning at 9am.
Despite the disappointment of the cancellation at 7am the next morning, riders were soon grateful as they learned of heavy rains, high winds and waves crashing over the highways at Cheticamp and beyond along the trail.
It was a good and prudent call to postpone the ride in the interest of riders safety and enjoyment; and under dry skies in the Sydney area, riders spent the day taking short rides to Baddeck, Louisbourg and Glace Bay.
Then at 6pm we all met at the Membertou Centre for the post-ride celebrations and entertainment. All registered riders received their poker hands and the giveaways and prize awards began.
With over $25 thousand in donated prizes, the winning numbers called were fast and furious. Bill Steele won the best poker hand and is now the proud owner of a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 valued at $9500 dollars.
Gord and Mary (his proud, hardworking and supportive wife) also initiated a Top Ten Fundraiser Club this year with the top award going to Dave Hall of Bedford. Raising a whopping $11,765 for the cause, Dave won a PGO Scooter valued at $4,000, donated by Gord’s Sport Racing Centre.
As all the prizes were finally awarded, J.P. Cormier took the stage to complete the evening’s entertainment.
But one special prize remained, a Yamaha custom-made Ride 4 the Cure Guitar, signed by J.P. Cormier and later awarded to Sam Wall of Coxheath.
A ride of this magnitude cannot be achieved without the efforts of volunteers, and a huge thank you to all who donated their time and efforts. From the RCMP’s escort out of Sydney, to the Cape Breton Freewheelin’ members on patrol at intersections; and to all the volunteers along the route, thank you for making our ride safe and enjoyable.
Again the special efforts of the sponsors along the route at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, the village of Cheticamp and the Keltic Lodge Resort in Ingonish who provided hot & cold refreshments, muffins, cookies, hot dogs and scrumptious homemade apple pie to all participants, thank you!
Your efforts were delicious and much appreciated.
We are proud to be featured in the 2010 Ride 4 the Cure Calendars and the $15 price tag goes entirely to support breast cancer research.
So if you want to purchase one call Gord at 902-539-4673 or log on Ride4theCure for more information.
It has been another great, and too-short summer; but remember fall is an awesome time of year for quick jaunts around Nova Scotia. Get out and go for a ride to enjoy the pumpkin people and scarecrows on display amongst the beautiful fall colours.
We ALL can make a difference in today’s world, if only a small one, so make a child smile and join in the last events of the year supporting children at Christmas.
Stay safe and take care.
For more photos from the Ride4theCure, visit the photo section of this website.