Riding a motorcycle in aid of a charity is a relatively new experience for Darren Peddle, but he hopes to do a lot more of it.
The Corner Brook resident was one of several dozen motorcyclists who took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather Saturday to partake in the annual Ride for Dad.
The fundraiser, which saw 74 motorcycles with a total of 88 people raise $7,153.50 to help draw more awareness to the issue of prostate cancer is held every year on the Father’s Day weekend. The bikers who amassed at the Pepsi Centre parking lot in Corner Brook travelled together to Stephenville where they joined even more motorcyclists for a loop around the Port au Port Peninsula.
Last summer, Peddle took part in his first charity ride, in support of friends whose families are dealing that disorder. He has never had prostate cancer, but he did have a prostate infection years ago, so he figured this would be a good one to support.
“A friend of mine called me to look for a sponsor for this ride,” said Peddle before departing from Corner Brook. “I told him, ‘no, I’m not going to sponsor you’ and told him ‘I think I’ll take part and see if I can raise a little money myself.’”
Prostate cancer hasn’t touched Peddle’s family, fortunately, and he doesn’t have any male friends who have been diagnosed. That’s not necessary to ride for the cause, he said.
“It affects families, it affects everybody,” he said. “If I can go out and enjoy a nice day riding bike and raise money for a good cause, then that’s a good thing to do.”
Peddle began riding motorcycles on a Honda 360 back in 1977, but had gotten out of it. A ride on a friend’s 1100 about seven years ago got him hooked and he bought his Kawasaki 1700 last year.
His wife Joan accompanied him on the ride Saturday, noting the new bike is quite a step up from the 360 they drove to Nova Scotia a long time ago.
She couldn’t wait to head to the scenic Port au Port Peninsula and join the long procession of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts raising money for prostate cancer.
“Its nice to see so many people come out for such a great cause,” Joan said.
Peddle said he’d like to do more charity rides, but will be out of the province most of next month and wasn’t sure what the schedule for the rides was.
Several dozen motorcycle enthusiasts took to the highway saturday morning to help raise awareness of prostate cancer Saturday morning.
The annual Ride for dad is held on the Father’s Day weekend and this year’s ride was able to take advantage of some fabulous weather.
Participants from the Corner Brook area gathered at the Pepsi Centre parking lot for registration before being escorted by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to the trans-Canada Highway.
From there, the bikers headed to Stephenville to meet up with even more participants for a group ride around the scenic Port au Port Peninsula loop.