WINNIPEG,MB: Today,the TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD) attracted 1,510 registered riders surpassing the old record of 1,437 set in 2014. Funds raised from today’s Ride will exceed $300,000. This brings the nine-year fundraising total to over $1.8M. Proceeds stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education.
“Thank you Manitoba!,” said MRFD co-chair, Kirk Van Alstyne. “The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad is consistently in the top two or three Rides in Canada in terms of funds raised and total number of registered riders. Year-after-year it is very gratifying to see the strong support from Manitobans.” Corporate sponsors – including TELUS and PlayNow.com – underwrite MRFD expenses allowing 100 percent of pledge donations to be used in the fight against prostate cancer.
Starting from the Polo Park Shopping Centre parking lot next to Earls, motorcycle riders rode west in a police escorted parade down Portage Avenue to Assiniboia Downs, then north to Selkirk, Gimli and back. The day-long event culminates with a wind-up celebration at Cowboys, Canad Inns Windsor Park.
Joining the TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad official start were Celebrity Ride Captains Ami Houde, women’s motocross champion and Monster-truck driver; Gord Leclerc, CTV News anchor; and Doug Brown and Obby Khan of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni.
Guest speakers were The Hon. Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture; Doug Eyolfson, MP, St. James-Assiniboia-Charleswood-Headlingley; Scott Kolody, Commanding Officer, D-Division, RCMP; Danny Smyth, Chief, Winnipeg Police Service; John Lane, Chief, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service; Maurice Sabourin, President, Winnipeg Police Association and co-chair MRFD; Tim Prokipchuk, Regional Director, TELUS; Evan Murray, Special Events Coordinator, Winnipeg Police Service; MRFD co-chair, Kirk Van Alstyne; sponsors and Media Easy Riders.
The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad is led by the Winnipeg Police Association with the volunteer organizing committee made up of Winnipeg police officers, community and business leaders, and dedicated citizens.
Additional funds are being raised in a motorcycle raffle with the winner receiving a 2017 Indian Scout from Headingley Sport Shop. Tickets are just $10 each or 3 for $25 and are available at all Windsor Plywood stores and the Headingley Sport Shop. Draw date is September 15, 2017.
The Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad is made possible with support from TELUS, national title sponsor; PlayNow.com, regional presenting sponsor; the Winnipeg Police Association; Winnipeg Police Service; RCMP; Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service; and valued sponsors, motorcycle clubs, riders, donors and volunteers.
Moe Sabourin, Co-Chair, MRFD
Kirk Van Alstyne, Co-Chair, MRFD
Ed Johner, Spokesperson, MRFD
Ami Houde, Spokesperson, MRFD