UXBRIDGE: Hundreds of motorcyclists will be riding through Uxbridge, to celebrate the 7th Annual Ride to Remember fundraiser, on July 25th.
The event was originally started to honour the memory of Brent Foster, a 20 years old boy who had his life taken in a car accident almost 10 years ago.
All the money raised from the event will go to the Bereaved Families of the Ontario (BFO) facility in Durham, an organization dedicated to helping parents deal with the loss of a child.
Since the event started, it has raised over $65,000 for BFO, and has made a real difference in the quality of service grieving parents receive.
“Last year they were able to use some of the funds to renovate the office and bereavement room where people meet. Now it’s a much more therapeutic area, so to speak,” said Donna Sherrard, event organizer.
The organization runs solely on donations, so revenue generated from events like Ride to Remember is crucial for keeping the facility open.
“They couldn’t stay operating if they didn’t get the donations,” Mrs. Sherrard said.
BFO Durham is the only place around North Durham with a primary focus on how to deal with the death of a child.
“Unfortunately Uxbridge and surrounding communities have experienced a lot of child loss, and we are hoping that the ride can give back to all those families, if they can just get one thing from our ride to help them then we know we’ve done good,” Mrs. Sherrard said.
She says the ride is popular among motorcyclist throughout Ontario, and attracts people from all over.
“We have one gentlemen who comes from Wasaga beach, we have another gentleman come from Owen Sound, and we’ve had people come from past Oshawa out East, and a lot from Toronto,” Mrs. Sherrard said.
Lots of volunteers and members of the community are working hard to make the event possible, she said.
“We cannot thank our sponsors enough; we couldn’t do it without them. They enable us to give prizes and have silent auction tables that will generate the proceeds we give to the BFO,” Mrs. Sherrard said.
Participants of the event are asked to meet at the Canadian Tire Parking lot in Uxbridge, by 9:00 a.m., on the day the of the event.
Registration for the event is available online, at http://www.ride-to-remember-brent.com/#participate. Attendees do not have to participate in the motorcycling portion of the event, instead, they can buy a ticket just for the after-ride dinner to support the cause.