WINNIPEG, MB - The 10th annual Manitoba Ride for Dad will take place this year on May 26th with over 1,500 riders raising over $355,00 in the fight against prostate cancer.
The ride has certainly grown over the years. When the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) held the very first Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad in 2009 it attracted 487 riders and raised over $70,000.
“Our volunteer organizing committee is dedicated to the cause and we are delighted with the growth the Ride for Dad has seen over the past 10 years,” said Moe Sabourin, Co-Chair, MRFD. “The community gets involved as registered riders, pledge donors, sponsors, or volunteers and we are so very grateful for 10 great years of support.”
More than 1.2 million men in Canada have prostate cancer and 80 per cent of them don’t know it. Today, the TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD) launched its 10th annual fundraising and awareness campaign. Over the past nine years, the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad has raised over $1.85M with proceeds staying in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education.
Ride Day starts at Earls Polo Park and continuing with a police escorted parade west on Portage Avenue to Assiniboia Downs, then on to Selkirk, Gimli and back for the wind-up event at Cowboys, Canad Inns Windsor Park. The objectives of the 2018 MRFD are to surpass the record for registered riders (1,510) and pledge donations (over $355,000) set in 2017.
Friday the campaign kick-off event at Tavern United, proceeds from the 2017 MRFD were presented to Dr. Sabine Mai and Dr. Julius Awe, The Genomic Centre for Prostate Cancer Research; Dr. Anuraag Shrivastav, University of Winnipeg & CancerCare Manitoba; Dr. Julian Kim and Dr. Arbind Dubey, University of Manitoba & CancerCare Manitoba; and Joe Borsa, Manitoba Prostate Cancer Support Group.
Ed Johner, prostate cancer survivor and TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad spokesperson, says a simple three-minute test can save your life. “I wouldn’t be here today if I had avoided being tested,” said Johner. “That’s our message to men and their families – the best way to fight prostate cancer is with early diagnosis.”
The TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad organizing committee is led by Kirk Van Alstyne and Moe Sabourin of the WPA.
2018 Celebrity Ride Captains are Doug Brown and Obby Khan, Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni; Ami Houde, women’s motocross champion; and Charlie Huddy, Assistant Coach, Winnipeg Jets among others.
“All funds stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education,” said Johner. “Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men. In fact, one in seven Canadian men will contract prostate cancer in their lifetime – early diagnosis is the key so get checked.”
In conjunction with the MRFD again this year is a motorcycle raffle for a 2018 Indian Chieftain. Tickets can be purchased at all Windsor Plywood locations and at Headingley Sport Shop.
Register for the the Ride for Dad online here.