Off-road riders are coming together to help raise funds for an injured firefighter.
Three riders will be traveling the winter road from Fort McMurray to Fort Smith over three days for an ‘Ice Road Expedition’ for Wacey Morrison.
Back in May 2017, Morris was paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a back and spinal injury. His family is trying to raise $46,000 to send him to Panama City after being accepted in a stem cell treatment facility.
Event Organizer Mike Haberoth tells Mix News they decided to help Morrison after hearing about his story.
“We thought it was quite fitting to try and help him out if we could. I do know quite a few of other guys for (Fort McMurray Fire Department) and ride bikes with a lot of his friends, so even though we hadn’t met it still felt like something we needed to do.”
The event has been a tradition for many riders since 2009 where they’ve helped raise money for Waypoints, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, and the Fort McMurray SPCA.
This year will be a little different as they’re riding motorcycles instead of OHV’s.
“There used to be a group who used to call it the ‘North of 60 Ride’ and they did it on motorcycles and the three of us kinda wanted to partake and this year we decided to go at it on our own, get our bikes set up for the winter and the ice,” added Haberoth.
The trip will be around 400 km, with the three staying a night in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, and then riding back to Fort McMurray. Two additional people will be riding in a truck behind the group to make sure they’re ok and to help let other drivers know what they’re doing on the winter road.
Haberoth says they don’t have a goal for the amount of funds they’re hoping to raise.
“As long as we’re bringing the awareness and pointing in the right direction I’m quite confident things will happen and I think other people feel the same way.”
The ride will start on Wednesday and finish on Friday.
People who want to help Morrison can go to his GoFundMe page.