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Ride for Dad roars through Amherstburg

The Legion and L.A. members pose with donated cheque to The Motorcycle Ride for Dad.

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad was held Sunday with two of its stops being in Amherstburg.

The fundraiser for prostate cancer research and awareness took place in Windsor-Essex County with the route starting at Thunder Road Harley Davidson on Huron Church Road in Windsor.

An opening ceremony was held which included a $30,000 donation to researcher Dr. Lisa Porter. Those proceeds came from previous donations raised through previous rides, said James Prior, a member of the organizing committee.

After leaving Windsor, the ride had two stops in Amherstburg. The first, as is tradition, was Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. While at the Legion, they received $1,500 thanks to $1,000 coming from the branch and $500 from the Ladies Auxiliary.

“The Legion has been the first stop forever,” said Prior.

Prior said the Legion will likely continue to be the first stop as long as they want to be.

Bikers than proceeded to Wolfhead Distillery, then rode to Colchester Bar & Grill and concluded at Thompson Manor Steak & Seafood in Kingsville.

Ride for Dad Windsor co-chair Shane Miles said was a light year for the total number of motorcycles, estimating about 280 bikes were in it. During the stop at Wolfhead, Miles said there were actually more than 280 participants due to some bikes having multiple people on it.

A change to the venues may have impacted the amount of riders, he said, and they also had to ride around many construction projects in the area this year. Miles added they are still grateful for everyone who attended.

“We know as an organization we have to give people a proper ride at proper locations with proper parking,” he said. “We did that.”

Despite the fact there are people struggling, Miles said they dug deep and still helped out.

“Even in hard times, there are amazing people out there,” he said. “It’s not about us. It’s about the ride. Everyone who came is appreciated.”

Miles said they had a lot of support from businesses and organization across Windsor-Essex County. Unifor Local 444 donated $10,000 again this year with TD Canada Trust donating $5,000 again in 2024. A number of other businesses were also heavily involved.

“We’ve got an amazing network,” he said.

Ride for Dad roars through Amherstburg

By Ron Giofu

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