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Ride for Dad has biggest year in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Just under 70 riders attended this year’s annual Snowmobile Ride for Dad.
Just under 70 riders attended this year’s annual Snowmobile Ride for Dad. - Evan Careen

The fourth annual TELUS Snowmobile Ride for Dad took place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Feb. 18 and Greg Wheeler, one of the organizers, said it was a big success.

“This is the most people we had participate,” Wheeler, president of the Grand River Snowmobile Club, which hosted the event, said. “It’s growing every year, people are getting more on board.”

He said this year they had 68 riders and raised about $6,000. Last year they only had one person show up but Wheeler said that was due to the weather more than anything else.

“One fella showed up and it was snowing thick,” he said. “I asked him, ‘do you even want to go out?’ and he said, ‘not really’ and just left the donation. This year it’s really nice out there so that helped a bit.”

The mission of the TELUS Ride for Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. Since 2000, the TELUS Ride for Dad has donated more than $27 million to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation to support prostate cancer research and awareness in communities where funds were raised.

Wheeler previously told the Labradorian it started when the club was looking to partner with an organization to facilitate a winter ride. He checked in with the Ride for Dad organization to see if they arranged anything for snowmobile clubs, and since then they have been one of the chapters for the Ride for Dad event.

“The money that we raise through the rider registrations and donation pledges that are made stays here in the province, so it goes towards helping the people that live here in Labrador,” he previously said.

The ride left from the snowmobile club headquarters and when the riders returned from the trek they were greeted with a barbecue and hot cocoa.

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