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2007 Ride for a Cure raises $18,000 for Leukemia research


The 3rd annual UFCW "Ride for a Cure" was a ‘hands down’ success! With a newly incorporated Poker Run and the sunny skies overhead, this year’s participants raised a record $18,106 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).

“What a tremendous day, a gorgeous ride and wonderful camaraderie among all the riders,” touted first-time participant Pearl Sawyer, Executive Vice President of Local 1000A, who joined in the event with her husband. “You can be sure I will attend this annually to support such a great cause.”

The four-hour scenic drive, held on August 11, 2007, took in many local attractions such as Terra Cotta, Cheltenham Badlands, Hockley Valley, the Loretto Inn and the Forks of the Credit. Fifty-one riders and volunteers participated in this year’s event, which brought supporters from all over the province including Beaverton, Sudbury, Ottawa and even rider John Watson, who joined us from St Louis, Missouri.

Breakfast muffins and banana bread made by our volunteers tantalized taste buds early in the morning. Riders stopped for lunch at the Loretto Inn, where one lucky rider, Dixie Dmytruk, took home a 27” Toshiba TV raffled off as a prize to the riders. The event ended with a barbecue and scrumptious salads and desserts made by our volunteers.

Other winners included: John Wheeler, whose prize was a leather motorcycle jacket donated by Kahuna Kawasaki, for collecting the most pledges ($525) and John Sawyer, who won a leather jacket donated by Woodbridge Yamaha for the second most pledges collected ($340). The prize for most pledges collected by a club or organization went to Richard McNaughton, President of UFCW Local 333, who returned to the ride for his third year. Richard surprised organizers by presenting the Ride for a Cure with a total Donation of $2,900.

This event held special meaning for one rider, Barry Mailloux, whose family has been affected by cancer. “I am honoured to ride and participate in this wonderful event,” exclaimed Barry. “I am touched by the support of so many on this great day.”

It is for families such as Barry’s that members and staff of Locals 175 & 633 work so hard throughout the year to raise money for the LLSC. “Last year our Local raised $375,000, which helped bring the astounding national total to $1,400,000,” said Shawn Haggerty, Secretary Treasurer of Local 175.

The Ride for a Cure committee gives special thanks to Chris, John and Barry who provided traffic control and to Peel Region EMS for providing a vehicle to follow the riders throughout the day. National Car Rental donated the use of a mustang convertible for our staff to use so that we could photograph and video tape the ride.


Prizes and Awards

Most pledges Collected - John Wheeler - $525

2nd Prize Most Pledges Collected - John Sawyer - $340

Most Pledges by Club or Org - UFCW Local 333 - $1,425

Farthest Traveled - John Watson - St. Louis, USA

Volunteers Pick - Brad MacDonald (who persevered through mechanical problems)

Best Poker Hand - Linda Mulden

Worst Poker Hand - Mark White

Show~n~Shine Winners were:

Production Class - Jim Wright 2006 Harley Davidson Road King

Custom Class - Kelly Cooper, 1998 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic

Vintage Class - Barry Mailloux - 1983, Yamaha 650 Maxim


For their generous support each rider received an official ride t-shirt, raffle tickets, meals and the opportunity to win at poker. In addition, George Marnica of Tech Sox International, presented each rider with a pair of specially engineered motorcycle socks.

Plans are underway for next year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better. So motorcycle enthusiasts, mark your calendar for August 2008 as it promises to be another exciting ride. Riders from this year’s event have an extra incentive to return next year as we will hold a special draw for each returning rider who brings an additional new rider to our event in 2008.

For those wishing to support this excellent cause, we still have a limited number of t-shirts available for $20 each in a variety of men’s and ladies’ sizes.