Citing safety concerns from B.C.'s wildfires, Harley-Davidson Canada and Barnes Harley-Davidson shift focus to raising funds
KAMLOOPS, BC, July 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Some 500 members of the Harley Owners' Group (H.O.G.) were planning to meet for the H.O.G.® Western Regional Rally from July 13th to 15th in Kamloops, B.C. With significant risk posed to those traveling from outside of the region, due to the volatility of the wildfires and poor air quality throughout the greater region, Harley-Davidson Canada and Rally host dealer Barnes Harley-Davidson made the difficult decision to postpone the event.
"Harley-Davidson has a responsibility to protect our customers and we take the safety and security of each and every one very seriously," says Inaki Isusi, managing director, Harley-Davidson Canada. "I would like to thank the entire Rally Committee for the extensive time and effort they contributed to the Rally planning and promotion."
Fundraising plans are currently in development and all funds raised will be directed to the Red Cross fire relief efforts as well as to the Kamloops Food Bank. Local H.O.G. members, those already en route to the Rally, and members of the Kamloops community will be welcomed at the dealership located at 1465 Iron Mask Road, Kamloops, B.C. V1S 1C8.
Once the fires have passed and the roads are safe again, Harley-Davidson and Barnes Harley-Davidson will look for an opportunity to reschedule the Rally.
"Although it is unfortunate that the Rally will be postponed, we hope that this will serve to keep our H.O.G. members as safe as possible," says Brian Barnes, Barnes Harley-Davidson. "For those who do make the choice to travel to Kamloops, we are ready to welcome them as we work together to support communities of B.C. affected by the wildfires."
About Harley-Davidson Canada
In August 2015, Harley-Davidson Inc. took over distribution in Canada as part of a global strategy to establish subsidiary units in its most important markets. The new entity, Harley-Davidson Canada, has focused on bringing the full Harley-Davidson ownership experience to Canada. Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel are available in 67 independent dealerships across Canada. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.
SOURCE Harley-Davidson Canada
For further information: Media requiring further information or to book an interview with Harley-Davidson Canada or Barnes Harley-Davidson about the fundraiser, please contact: Jennifer Wasley, [email protected], 416-642-7903; Barnes Harley-Davidson Hotline, 778-588-9411