OTTAWA, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Ottawa's TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad
launched their 2013 fundraising campaign today at Big Rig Brewery. The
launch marked the beginning of their month long fundraising initiative
to gather support and pledges for their motorcycle ride, being held in
Ottawa on June 1st in support of prostate cancer research and awareness.
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 in their lifetime.
"Prostate cancer is a needless killer of 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 TELUS 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"
The Ottawa Ride is the largest across Canada. In 2012, it raised over
$400,000 locally for prostate cancer research and awareness! This year
they are aiming even higher with goals of raising $500,000 and having
over 2,500 riders participate.
"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," said Darren. "We need the national capital
region to help us reach our fundraising goals. Prostate cancer affects
everyone. We encourage everyone to reach deep into their pockets - do
it for your dad, your brother and your friends!"
This year's Ride is particularly special to those in the Ride For Dad
family. "In 2013 the Ride For Dad honours the memory and spirit of
former Ride Captain Larry Colotelo," said Byron Smith, Ride For Dad
co-founder and national ride captain. "He would have been the first
amongst us to raise his hand willing to fight for life."
To help the Ride reach their goals Freedom Harley-Davidson® of Ottawa
has donated over $3500 in prizes for participants on Ride day! In
addition to these amazing prizes, participants will get a chance to win
a trip for two to Las Vegas or a Harley-Davidson® gift card valued up
to $5000! Full details can be found at www.RideForDad.ca
This year, Big Rig Brewery is gearing up and supporting the Ride For
Dad. Big Rig's Brewmaster Lon Ladell has created a new beer, aptly
named 'Iron Arse Ale', which was also launched today and will be
available at Big Rig until the end of June. Said Ladell, "This
handcrafted beer has been brewed as a 'private label' and will be sold
exclusively to raise funds for the Ride For Dad prostate cancer
research and awareness initiative."
The TELUS 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 events in over 30 cities in every province in the country.
Today, more than 100,000 men, women and children have been involved,
raising more than $10 million to fight prostate cancer.
Motorcycle riders, prostate cancer patients and their families, and
non-riders can learn more about participating and donating by visiting www.RideForDad.ca
SOURCE: Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Ottawa Chapter
For further information:
National Communications Manager
Ottawa Marketing and Promotions