WINNIPEG, MB: Today, the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD) celebrated its 14TH Ride and attracted over 1,000 registered riders. The record of 1,547 riders set in 2019 is safe for another year. Funds raised from today’s Ride will total close to $300,000 bringing the 14-year fundraising total to over $3.1 million dollars. Proceeds stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education.
"We are so very grateful to all our riders, pledge donors, sponsors, media partners and volunteers," said MRFD co-chair, Moe Sabourin. "Our event is unique as 100 percent of pledge donations are used in the fight against prostate cancer with all expenses being underwritten by corporate sponsors led by presenting sponsor, PlayNow.com."
Starting from the Polo Park Shopping Centre parking lot next to Earls, motorcycle riders rode west in a police escorted parade down Portage Avenue to Assiniboia Downs, then north to Selkirk, Gimli and back. The day-long event culminates with a wind-up celebration at Cowboys, Canad Inns Windsor Park.
Guest speakers for the official start were Ralph Eichler, MLA for Lakeside; Kevin Klein, Counsellor, Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood; Scot Halley, Deputy Chief, Winnipeg Police Service; Tom Bilous, President, United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg; Evan Murray, Patrol Sergeant, Winnipeg Police Service; MRFD co-chairs, Moe Sabourin and Kirk Van Alstyne; and MRFD spokesperson, Ed Johner.
Top fundraisers for 2022 are:
Tony Kusiak $10,382
Gary Brenard $8,650
Bill Brokke $8,467
Mo Sabourin $6,787
Laurie Erkin $6,471
Gerald Kiyan $6,280
The Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad is led by the Winnipeg Police Association with the volunteer organizing committee made up of Winnipeg police officers, community and business leaders, and dedicated citizens.