OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW/ - Ottawa's Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by
TELUS, launched their 2011 fundraising campaign yesterday for prostate
cancer research and awareness at the Canadian Aviation and Space
Museum. The launch marked the beginning of their four week fundraising
initiative to gather support and pledges for their motorcycle ride
being held in Ottawa on Saturday, June 4th, 2011. The launch also recognized Dennis Jackson for his outstanding
achievements in the fight against prostate cancer.
The ride will be a day of fun for a serious cause. Prostate cancer is
the most commonly diagnosed men's cancer. One in seven Canadian men
will be diagnosed with this disease, and twelve will die from it today.
Successful treatment depends on early detection.
"Prostate cancer is a needless killer for men," said Darren Parsons,
co-chair of the Ottawa chapter. "The more the community is aware and
educated about prostate cancer, the less chance there is to lose the
men in our lives to this terrible disease. The Motorcycle Ride for Dad
not only raises funds to fight this disease, but it also gives men and
their families a reason to talk about it."
"This Ride attracts thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from our region
that want to give back to their community, but we also want non-riders
to get involved by becoming a champion, making a donation, or
volunteering at the event," says Mr. Parsons. "We've raised $2.2
million for prostate cancer research and awareness in the Ottawa
region, and this year our objective is to raise an additional $400,000,
and we need the communities support to reach these goals. We encourage
everyone to reach deep into their pockets - do it for your dad, your
brother, and your friends!"
A special Captain's Club award was presented to Dennis Jackson, the top
fundraiser for the Motorcycle Ride for Dad nationally, for raising over
$92,000. Mr. Jackson, the Scotiabank district vice president (Ottawa
and West Quebec) is a member of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad National
Advisory Board, past chair of the Ottawa United Way, and winner of the
2010 United Way Ottawa Volunteer of the Year Award. "We are honoured to
have Dennis support our fight against prostate cancer, and to be able
to recognize him as a Triple Diamond Captain's Club member," says Garry
Janz, president of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad. "Like all of our riders
Dennis knows how important it is for men to get checked. His support
will save men's lives today, tomorrow, and for years to come!"
"The ride gives us an opportunity to talk to men, and their families,
about prostate cancer and the importance of getting checked," says
Dennis Jackson, Scotiabank district vice president (Ottawa and West
Quebec). "I am honoured to be able to participate and contribute to
this cause every year, and I'm proud of Scotiabank for their ongoing
involvement both here in Ottawa and right across Canada."
The Motorcycle Ride for Dad is Canada's largest annual motorcycle event
dedicated to fighting prostate cancer through research and awareness.
From its humble beginnings, the Ride for Dad has grown to include 29
cities in every province in the country. Today, more than 100,000 men,
women and children have been involved, raising more than $5 million to
fight prostate cancer.
This year's Ottawa ride will begin at the Canadian Aviation and Space
Museum, and will continue on to Almonte, Carleton Place, Smith Falls,
Perth, Merrickville, and Kemptville, winding up at the Rideau Carleton
Raceway. A cheering section at the Lincoln Heights Shopping Centre is
being hosted by the Ottawa Firefighters Association from 9:00am-10am.
Motorcycle riders, prostate cancer patients and their families, and
non-riders can learn more about participating and donating by visiting www.motorcycleridefordad.org
SOURCE Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Ottawa Chapter
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