Snowmobile for Dad coming in February
SEAN CHASE The third annual TELUS Snowmobile Ride for Dad will be held on Feb. 16 beginning at the Timberline Snowmobile Clubhouse. Last Saturday, volunteers were joined by a special guest from the North Pole as they hosted a fundraising barbecue at Walmart in support of the event. In the photo is (front left to right) Dylan Ouellete, John Chaput, Dwight Panke, (back left to right) Gilles Ouellete, Santa Claus, Dale Boutilier, Walmart store manager Francis Manning, Evan Levair, Lora-lee Radway-Yuill and Tom Chaput.
Snowmobilers across Renfrew County will once more take the fight against prostate cancer to the trails.
Inspired by the successful Motorcycle Ride for Dad, the third annual TELUS Snowmobile Ride for Dad, to be held on Feb. 16, 2013, will bring together snowmobilers from Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley who will ride heir sleds to raise funds to fight Canada's most common men's cancer.
Promoting the event, organizers held a fundraising barbecue outside Walmart this past Saturday. Walmart has pledged to match every dollar if the Ride could raise $2,000. In support of the event were members of the Laurentian Valley Fire Department.
The day-long ride will start and finished at the Timberline Snowmobile Clubhouse in Laurentian Valley Township, with participants following a route which went through Petawawa to Deep River, pausing to stop at the Chalk River Lions Club for lunch, before returning to the clubhouse. On Feb. 16, registration will start at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start.
Organizers are hoping for a large turnout. Last year, they attracted 200 sleds and raised $60,000.
"We're going to have a lot of snow," Bernie Boulay, event co-chairman, promising the weather forecast will be favourable on the day of the ride. "We would like to extend the invitation to anybody. You can show up with pledges. You don't have to ride. It can be a family event."
Proceeds from Ride For Dad events across Canada are used to benefit the region where the funds are raised, for prostate cancer research and awareness.
Prostate cancer is the most common men's cancer in Canada. Successful treatment depends on early detection. TELUS Ride for Dad events give men a reason to talk about getting their prostates examined. Encouraging men 40 and older to get checked saves lives today, and funding much needed research to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention will further improve the capacity to deal with this disease in the long term.
Every $100 in pledges raised by registered participants gives them a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree courtesy of Pete's Sales and Service. There is also a $3,000 travel voucher donated by Century 21 Neville and Todd Farrell from Mortgage Services.
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist