This year was the 10th Anniversary for Gord’s Ride 4 The Cure and was also the final event sponsored by Gord MacDonald and his wife Mary Prince. “We started this as a dream to have some bikers go around the Cabot Trail in the fall and perhaps raise a little money for Breast Cancer. It grew from the first year where we raised $5,000 to this final year where we were able to raise $121,220. Since the ride began there has been a total raised of $637,220. This has gone to both the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and also our local Cape Breton Hospital Foundation Cancer Clinic. We are so grateful to all of the people from Cape Breton Island who volunteer and support this event along with the many folks who come from across Canada year after year.
This year’s ride started Friday evening at the MTCC with a Biker Barbecue and great entertainment by The Relatives a 5 piece band from Eskasoni. The ride left MTCC Saturday morning at 9:00am sharp under RCMP escort led by the Pink Superior Propane Truck . Although they set out with fall in the air it warmed up as the day went on. When the riders reached Baddeck, they were welcomed at Alexander Graham Bell Museum by our big supporters the Baddeck Lions Club for refreshments provided by Tim Hortons. As usual, the bikers headed out for Cheticamp and relaxed at the many restaurants who donate to Ride 4 the Cure. Once again, Keltic Lodge welcomed them on their next stop with refreshments and smiling faces. After they rested, they set off for their final run back to the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre to draw their Poker Hand and celebrate a great run.
This year the ride was unique. Every year we are blessed with good fortune and generosity of so many, but we continue to be overwhelmed and honored by last year’s pledge to our Gord’s Ride 4 The Cure from local business man Kevin Lynk. He told his good friend Gord, he wanted him to auction his prized 1948 Indian Chief Motorcycle on his passing at our Ride 4 the Cure and ensure the proceeds went to the Hospital Foundation and specifically to the Cancer Clinic.
The bike was auctioned off by Professional Auctioneer Gordon McComb from Halifax for a staggering $35,000. Emotions were high, while the auctioneer worked his magic and drove the crowd into a frenzy, but when the dust settled, it was Joe Anthony who came out on top keeping the prized 1948 Indian Chief on Cape Breton Island. With the help of our friends Dale and Jan from R.U.A. Sports Fanatic and local donors, who supplied the remaining sports memorabilia, the auction generated an additional $13,500.
The after party was a great farewell party with music by “The Andrew Doyle Band”
The winner of the Poker Hand was Adrian Power who won a 2014 Kawasaki 4 Wheeler donated by Gord’s Sports Centre Racing and Canadian Kawasaki.
For the third year, WestJet donated airfare for 2 anywhere they fly and the winner this year was Louis MacSween.
The TOP TEN “+” Club was as follows:
Gold>Timothy Milley $12363 Tim is also highest fund raiser in the history of the ride
Silver>Walter Chow $4431
Bronze>Tina Slaunwhite $3275
Tom Sylliboy $3050
Alan Peddle $3015
Jeff MacDonald $2660
Louis Ferguson $2365
Edward Filek $1630
Terry Campbell $1510
George Isadore $1305
Leslie Fleet $1100
We have had such a wonderful time over the past 10 years. We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors, the volunteers, the fund raisers and of course our beloved bikers. We would love so much to have someone continue this ride. It is a tribute to what can be done when the spirit is there to give. We all have it in us to give. We don’t need to have it stay the same. Nothing is ever the same, but that doesn’t mean it can’t go on. Our dream would be for the love of the ride to live on and for the spirit of giving to continue. Remember, you all must know the route by now, and I know the communities would welcome you. A few pledge sheets and away you go. Now that it has started, I pray our wonderful beloved bikers and friends will pick a date, fly the pink ribbons and show the world that you are the folks who have made it all possible. We know your spirit, we love your commitment and we feel so very blessed that you have chosen to spend so much of your time and energy with us over the past 10 years.
Good Luck to each and every one of you and drive safely.
Big hugs to you all and thanks for the ride of our lives!
Gord and Mary
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Updated 18 Sep2013 by Mary)
The Biker Barbecue (included with registration fee)will be Friday night at 6:00pm at MTCC. Back by popular demand “The Relatives” and the “Show and Shine” during the barbecue.
The Ride will depart Membertou TCC @ 9:00am sharp Saturday Sep 21st.
(Late Registration Saturday 7:00am – 8:30am . Drivers meeting 8:45am)
1st Stop Baddeck> Alexander Graham Bell Museum
2nd Stop Cheticamp> Various Restaurants flying pink balloons
3rd Stop Keltic Lodge> Parks Canada Pass included with registration
Last Stop Membertou Trade and Convention Centre(All 5 Poker Cards are drawn there with proof of Punched Card)
RAIN OR SHINE we will have the Biker Barbecue Friday evening with “The Relatives”and the party Saturday evening with prizes and Auction followed by the dance with the Andrew Doyle band!
Poker Card Draw starts @ 5:00pm Saturday evening. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Prizes and Closing party begins @ 6:30pm and ends at 8:00pm this year which is a little earlier so we can have our auction which is new in memory of Kevin Lynk.
AUCTION starts @ 8:00pm Featuring Kevin Lynk’s 1948 Indian Chief Motorcycle
“”"Hosted by professional auctioneer Gordon MCCOMB from Halifax”"”
Auction Items will be posted in advance under subtitle Auction Kevin Lynk 1948 Indian Chief ABOVE
9:00pm> DANCE and Party with Andrew Doyle Band
(RIDE RAIN DAY IS SUNDAY, but the parties and prizes are on as scheduled no matter what)
WestJet is also on board again this year! All fund raisers are eligible to be entered in a draw for airfare for two anywhere WestJet flies! We are happy to announce the top poker hand will receive a Kawasaki motorcycle compliments of Gord’s Sports Centre Racing & Kawasaki Canada. As always we will have lots of great prizes to give away!!
Officially a few days away, but lots of time to raise money!!
1948 Indian Chief Motorcycle donated by Kevin Lynk (Scroll down for Caption Kevin Lynk’s 1948 Indian Chief )
25 Person Private Party with Colin Grant
Bell Bay Golf Passes 1 Round of Golf for 4 people with carts
Sidney Crosby 16 x 20 Autgraphed Picture> with Certificate of Authenticity
Tiger Woods 16 x 20 Picture > with Certificate of Authenticity
Jean Belliveau Autographed Picture> with Certificate of Authenticity
Montreal Legends Picture> 16 x 20 >with Certificate of Authenticity
Chicago Black Hawks Team Photo with Patrick Kane and Jonathon Toews Signed Picture> Certificate of Authenticity
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Hat Autographed by Sidney Crosby
Marc-Andre Fleury Hockey Puck
Sidney Crosby Picture
Green Bay Packers Golf Bag
Toronto Maple Leafs Golf Bag
Montreal Canadians Golf Bag
2 NHL tickets in for a Toronto game
2 Blue Jays Ball game tickets for a Toronto game
Harley Davidson Collage History
Screaming Eagles Hockey Stick
Hockey Tickets Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles January 25th with a night at the Prince George and Ale House meal included
1972 Team Canada Summit Series autographed by Alan Eagleson 1972
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay Hockey Jersey autographed
Harley Factory Picture
Autographed Fergie Jenkins Baseball
Toronto Maple Leaf Jersey autographed by Wendel Clark
Montreal Canadiens Les Grande Canadian puck Photo
To bid by phone must pre-register with deposit. Call 539-4673 and ask for Gord
10th Anniversary of Ride 4 the Cure, Organizers say farewell with a bang!
For Immediate release
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 (Sydney, NS)- September 20th and 21st will mark the 10th anniversary of Gord’s Ride 4 the Cure, a motorcycle rally through the Cape Breton Highlands that raises funds for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In the past nine years, this event has raised more than half a million dollars and has been lead by husband and wife team Gord MacDonald and Mary Prince.
“We started Ride 4 the Cure because we’ve had family members who have been affected by breast cancer and we wanted to do something to make a difference. The first ride had 150 riders and raised $5,000. We could never have imagined it would grow to host more than 800 riders and raise a total of $516,000” says Gord MacDonald.
This will be the final year that MacDonald and Prince will organize Ride 4 the Cure. To celebrate their final year and the 10th anniversary, they are working on making this year the biggest yet. New for this year, at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 21st, the general public is invited to come to the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre for a live auction. All funds raised through the auction will support the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.
“My friend, the late Kevin Lynk, left us a 1948 Vintage Indian Chief motorcycle to be auctioned off as part of the ride. He lost his battle with cancer and wanted to give back to the Centre that cared for him,” says MacDonald. “We have a world-class auctioneer donating his services from Halifax, Gordon McComb and will have items that appeal to everyone, including sports memorabilia, entertainment packages, and more. Please join us!”
Although this is MacDonald and Prince’s final year as organizers they are encouraging other volunteers to come forward and continue Ride 4 the Cure for future years.
“Although Mary and I are going to step back as organizers, we are forever grateful to everyone who has supported this event. It has been an incredible 10 years! We hope that the ride will continue and we have all of the plans and materials to allow for a smooth transition to new organizers.”
For more information, contact Gord MacDonald at 902-539-4673.
Saturday night, Sept 21st, let’s rally together everyone and make Kevin Lynk’s gift really memorable.
For anyone just interested in the auction, it will start @ 8:00pm
The full auction price will be donated to the CBRH Cancer Centre as Kevin Lynk requested.
***Other Auction Items will be posted here soon!***
To see a copy of the real article, pick up the Sept issue of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine.
Scroll down to read event details>>
This year’s ride raised over $80,000. Total funds raised over 9 years is now up to $516,601
Friday night kicked off in North Sydney at Rollie’s Wharf for our first “Show ‘n Shine”. Over 500 people attended to view a great selection of custom, cruiser and vintage motorcycles on display. Awesome entertainment was donated once again by the band “The Relatives” of Eskasoni. The warm weather and the great atmosphere made riders look forward to the next day’s ride. Hats off to Rollie and Lynn Clark for hosting a fantastic evening!
Saturday morning started with cloudy skies, but an unbelievable forecast. The ride left the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre (MTCC) with the largest ever last minute registrations. With the Pink Superior Propane truck leading the ride under RCMP escort, we were off to Baddeck. The Baddeck Lion’s Club greeted us with oat cakes and Tim Horton’s coffee. The next stop was Cheticamp where the sun was splitting the rocks and Ride 4 the Cure T-Shirts were the dress code of the day. After bikers had lunch at the various restaurants, they were on their way to Ingonish where Keltic Lodge provided another great sunny and warm stop. Then they proceeded back to MTCC for the awards and prizes which exceeded $22,000.
This year’s ride raised a total of $80,225
TOP TEN CLUB
#1 Tim Milley, Hubley, NS $10,001.00
#2 Michelle Chow, Lawrencetown,NS $3,431.00
#3 Tim Lesley, Halifax,NS $3,218.00
#4 Alan Peddle, Sydney, NS $3,000.00
#5 Ed Filek, Sydney, NS $2,517.00
#6 Lou Rutherford, Dalem Lake, NS $2,507.00
#7 Tina Slaunwhite, Lower Prospect, NS $2,225.00
#8 Linda Holmes, Baddeck,NS $2075.00
#9 Louis Ferguson, Sydney Mines, NS $2045.00
#10 George Isadore, Membertou, NS $1325.00
Top Ten Total $32,344.00
Top Fund Raiser> Tim Milley was awarded a 2013 Polaris ATV Outlaw 90 donated by Route #1 Motorsports, Sackville, NS
Top Poker Hand> Winner was John Dickie, Albert Bridge, NS He won a 2012 Kawasaki KLX250 donated by Gord’s Sports Centre Racing Limited and Canadian Kawasaki
WestJet Donated Airfare for 2 for any fund raiser> Winner was Alfie Burt, Glace Bay
Motorized Bicycle Draw Organized by the local HOG Chapter raised $2,105 and the winner was Tony Matlock.
Hall of Fame Kevin Lynk for his tremendous gift of a 1948 Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle to be sold upon his passing with 100% of the proceeds to go to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation in support of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.
Appreciation Award Wilf Ramsay of Ramsay’s Cycle and Sport was presented a limited edition customized Harley Davidson fridge for his 9 years of support of Gord’s Ride 4 the Cure.
It continues to amaze us each year as we reach out to all of Cape Breton to lend a hand in support of Gord’s Ride 4 The Cure. There are so many individuals, businesses,organizations and communities without whose support this great news story would not be possible. Special thanks once again to the Baddeck Lion’s Club and the Alexander Graham Bell Museum for hosting the Baddeck stop. Big thanks to the community and businesses of Cheticamp who provided a great lunch and fuel stop. So much thanks again to Parks Canada and Keltic Lodge who provided a wonderful rest again in Ingonish. The RCMP headed by Ronald MacDonald made a safe ride for everyone. The Membertou Trade and Convention Centre was the last stop where the riders enjoyed great food and beverages and prizes were given away. A big thank you to everyone at the MTCC for another great evening for everyone!
We appreciate the continued support from the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for ensuring all funds are collected and tabulated during this event.
There are so many unsung heroes who step up for us every year. We are truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support for this cause. In closing, thanks to everyone for their support. It just plain couldn’t happen without you!
With heartfelt thanks,
Gord and Mary
Gord’s Sports Centre Racing Limited
Max 98.3/CJCB 1270/94.9 The Cape
Route #1 Motorsports
Ramsay’s Cycle and Sport
Motovan/ Biker Boy
Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
Nova Scotia Motorcycle Tour Guide
Prizes donated by the following:
J.R. Mahoney Ltd
N.S. Safety Services
Wilson’s Home Hardware
City Motor Sports
Disco Tire Craft
Our sponsor Westjet is on board to help us raise more funds! All registered event participants who raise funds are eligible to win this return airfare for 2. Join in the fun at Rollie`s Wharf Friday night and make sure to fill the pledge sheets!
We have lots of other great prizes as well.
Friday Evening Sept 7th Rollie’s Wharf, North Sydney,N.S Early Bird 2 for 1 Steaks!
Be sure to purchase one of Rollie`s Famous Biker Burgers
Starts @ 7:00pm>Late Registration and Show and Shine
You can have your card punched Friday night and also get your Parks Canada Pass so don’t miss out!
Entertainment Friday evening at Rollie’s Wharf! Back by popular demand”The Relatives” are volunteering to play during our show and shine. At 9:00pm for those who would like to stay on, Rollies will have the band “Memories” to continue into the night.
Saturday Sept 8th Ride leaves Membertou Trade and Convention Centre @ 9:00am
1st Stop>Baddeck> Alexander Graham Bell Museum
2nd Stop>Various Restaurants and Gas Stations will do all card punching. Look for the pink balloons!
3rd Stop> Ingonish> Keltic Lodge
Final Stop Membertou> Draw Poker Cards starting @ 5:00pm
Memberto TCC> Food and cash bar 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Bar continues for the evening
Prizes and Awards begin @ 7:00pm
Hampton Inn Membertou> Now Open> Special Rates> Call TEL: 1-902-564-6555 and say you are with Gord’s Ride 4 the Cure
It is joined by a pedway to the MTCC. Party Saturday night and just stroll the pedway to a comfy bed after a long ride!
North Sydney Hotels are on board!
North Star Inn 1-800-561-8585 or 794 8581 Wicked rate $85.00 firstname.lastname@example.org
Highland Motel Website for rates highlandmotel.net or 1-877-994-4530 or call 902-794-4530.
Sydney Hotel information to follow soon!
Thanks again to everyone who worked so hard on this ride! For those who are interested the breakdown of funds was donated as follows:
Cape Breton Regional Hospital Cancer Clinic $43,755.00
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation $38,018.39
The riders determine for whom they raise funds.
Remember to look at Kristy MacLeod’s Photos. There are a lot of fun items you can purchase and the profits will be donated to next year’s ride.
See you next year!
Saturday morning started with less than ideal weather, but as always our nearly 800 bikers were up to the challenge. The ride left Membertou at 9:00 am sharp led by the Pink Superior Propane truck under RCMP escort. With all exits closed from Sydney to North Sydney, the RCMP were putting safety first.
The first stop was the Alexander Graham Bell Museum where the Baddeck Lions Club greeted the bikers with great refreshments. In spite of the windy weather the bikers set out to Cheticamp where the local restaurants were once again flying their pink balloons in support of the ride. Everyone had a great lunch stop to mingle with friends and then on to the Keltic Lodge where blue skies and a warm reception greeted them. The final stop was back at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre to prepare for the night’s celebration. Gord and Mary were on stage giving out over $20,000 in prizes with the help of the lovely “Ride 4 the Cure Show Girls” Emily Bushell and Lauren Butler.
Top Ten Club
Gold Timothy Milley $8,238.76
Silver Bill Steele $5,850.25
Bronze Jeff MacDonald $5,650.50
4th Linda Holmes $4,060.00
5th Renee Gillis $3,100.00
6th Tina Slaunwhite $3,000.00
7th Howard Seale $2,055.00
8th Alan Peddle $1,550.00
9th Dennis Best $1,201.00
10th Robert Rutherford $1,200.00
10th Louis Ferguson $1,200.00
Top Ten Total Raised $37,105.51
Each of the Top Ten Club were presented with plaques from Gord’s and each of them also received a gift from Ramsay’s Cycle for $300. They were also entered into a draw for a trip for 2 from WestJet. Linda Holmes from Baddeck was the lucky winner!
The Top Poker hand was won by Dave Martel from Dartmouth and he received a Kawasaki 250 Ninja from Gord’s and Kawasaki.
The auction that started in the window of “Cape Breton Radio” on Charlotte Street picked up later that evening live on stage. High bidder for the two custom painted helmets was Joe Anthony of North Sydney for $475 each. The next item up for bids was the “Ride 4 the Cure Fridge” drawing bids from as far away as Fort MacMurray where John Gnatiuk joined in by cell phone. He was top bidder at $1,100. The last item in the auction was a custom built motorized bicycle donated by Blair Clarke which raised an amazing $2,000 from top bidder Scott Palmer of Waverly. There were a lot of happy tears when Scott donated this prize to the Cape Breton HOG chapter to raise even more, in memory of his parents.
The awards for service and recognition were as follows:
2011 Service Award presented to ARC Construction. Special thanks to Angelo, Robert and Clayton.
2011 Hall of Fame
Tim Milley Top Fund raiser for 2011 and tireless supporter of the ride.
Blair Clarke for building the custom bicycle and longtime Ride 4 the Cure supporter.
2011 Youth Spirit Award
12 year old Breagh Hartland> For her year long fund raising efforts.
Once again Gord and Mary are overwhelmed by the generosity and support they receive each and every year from the bikers, the sponsors and the countless volunteers. A special thank you to our staff who step up to the challenge and add an additional 800 people to the list of their daily tasks. They volunteer for this event and they give so much heart and for that we are so very grateful. The RCMP, the Village of Baddeck, the town of Cheticamp and the staff of the Keltic Lodge and Parks Canada are all a vital part of the success of this ride. Special mention again to Calvin and Norma MacLeod who provided the support vehicle for several bikers. Our charities the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation/CIBC Run for the Cure and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation ensure all of your pledges are accepted so safely. Special thanks to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation for assisting again in providing administrative support for this event. So many people thank us, but what is so wonderful is how so many people give and it warms our hearts every year. We are so proud to be Cape Bretonners and so proud to call this island home.
Thank you everyone!
Gord’s Sports Centre Racing
Cape Breton Radio (CJCB 1270/94.9 the Cape/98.3fm)
Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
Ramsay’s Cycle and Sport
Halifax International Motorcycle Show
Prizes were donated by the following companies: Listed Alphabetically
Carpenter’s Union Local 1588
City Motor Sports
Gamma Power Sports
Halifax Motor Sports
Keltic Quay Resort
Kristy MacLeod Photography
Lloyd MacDonald KIA
Lloyd MacDonald Nissan
Motorcycle MOJO Magazine
Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia
Parts for Trucks
Safety Services Nova Scotia
Sea Parrot Ocean View Manor
Snap On -Ken Saunders
Sydney Motor Sports
Wilson’s Home Hardware