Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Prairie Winds MC host charity ride

Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada (September 8,2020 - The Prairie Winds Motorcycle Club has announced they will be hosting their 22nd annual Ronald McDonald House Motorcycle Ride later this month.

The event will happen Sept. 13, with participants meeting at the Estevan McDonalds parking lot for registration from 1-2 p.m., and then the ride will begin. The cost is $20 per person.

They will ride from Estevan to Stoughton where the CrossRoads Inn will provide a beef on a bun meal at a nominal fee.

A variety of items will also be available through a raffle.

Proceeds will be directed to the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon, which has provided a place to stay for many local families over the years while those families have had a child receive medical treatment.

Pam Currie with the Prairie Winds said this is the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon’s 35th anniversary so even though 2020 has been a crazy year, the Prairie Winds would like to try to help the house out as much as possible.

She also noted that they will be respecting social distancing throughout the event, and riders will be encouraged to wear masks.

SOURCE: Estevan Mercury

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Motorcycle enthusiasts collect toys for kids in need

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (December 1, 2019) — The wet weather on Saturday couldn’t stop hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from helping kids in need this holiday season.

The riders took part in the 25th annual Circle City Toy Run supporting the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Participants were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or make a cash donation.

After the festivities wrapped up downtown, a police escort accompanied the riders to deliver the toys to the Salvation Army’s headquarters.

“Remember when you were a kid and you got that bicycle on Christmas? You couldn’t wait to get out and ride it? Well, here we are on our bicycles, trying to make sure the kids get their presents for Christmas,” said participant Jayson Shinault.

All told, the event raised hundreds of dollars and filled three box trucks full of toys. The Salvation Army says more than 7,000 kids are enrolled in the angel tree program this season.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Toy Run continues on without the parade

Augusta, Maine (September 8, 2019) — The Augusta Civic Center was filled with hundreds of toys and motorcycles on Sunday due to the 38th annual Toy Run.

"This event brings together different communities of motorcycle riders to help kids in Maine," Katie Reis said, the coordinator of the toy run and a member of the United Bikers of Maine.

The event is hosted by the United Bikers of Maine, but brings together motorcycle clubs from around the state. "There are Patriot riders, combat riders, and of course United Bikers of Maine," Craig Dufour said, a long-time participant of the toy run. "I've done this event for over 30 years, and I think this is the biggest charity event in the state."

He says the event works by having people bring in toys to donate for kids in need. "It's basically a nice fundraiser and gives the kids that don't have a Christmas, a Christmas," he said.

"We don't want any kids in the state of Maine going without at least a toy for Christmas," Reis said. "We cover all 16 counties, they all get toys including the native american nations in Maine."

This is the first year in the history of Toy Run that the collected toys will not be put on display during a motorcycle parade from the Civic Center to the Windsor Fairgrounds. "We did change this year by having everything done at the Civic Center," Reis said.

That change is because of the 2017 crash that killed two people and injured two more during the parade. "It was a very sad incident," Reis said. "We still want to continue providing for the kids of Maine, so we'll find a different way of doing it."

The accident also prompted changes from Augusta City Council. 

Dufour says that it's unfortunate the event doesn't have the parade anymore, but he says he's glad the event is still helping kids all over the state. "On a good note, I think there won't be as many accidents because people are coming in small groups," he said. "It's all about the kids. 100 percent is for the kids. Everything it brings in." "We do have a very poor state, we just want to make a difference in kids lives," Reis said.

The event ran from 9 until 3 on Sunday.