The Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad roared down Highway 63 over the weekend.
This ride, which takes place in many cities across the nation representing every province, has raised over 18 million dollars since 2000 with all the funds going to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.
82 bikes with 90 riders took to the highway to raise more funds for the cause. Among the local riders; there was one biker who came all the way from Kingston, Ontario to take part in the ride.
“I was on Facebook rummaging through all the ride for dad sites and I saw that Fort McMurray had an invitation inviting all other ride for dad chapters to come up and I took them seriously,” said Maris Malderis.
Not including this ride, Malderis has already been apart of several similar rides with plans with to continue across the Country.
“Mostly in Ontario, I’ve also done Montreal and hopefully next year I’ll be able to go out to the East Coast and do a few of their’s,”
The reason for his attendance at all these charitable rides stems into a personal one that includes close friends and peers.
“I’ve been riding since 1969 and I like helping out the cause because I have a few friends who’ve had prostate cancer and because of this they’ve had early diagnosis and they’re still with us,” said Malderis. “On our Ride for Dad team Kingston we have one member who is a 12 year survivor.”
The total amount of money raised is still unclear at the moment.
The ride was delayed from the spring because of the wildfire and evacuation.