Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Last year more than 1,600 motorcyclists participated in the annual Ride for Dad to raise funds for prostate cancer. The 2016 Ride for Dad takes place tomorrow.
This year marks the eighth for the Motorcycle Ride for Dad in Manitoba, with more than $1 million raised for prostate cancer research and awareness in the province. The event gets bigger each year as more and more Manitobans join the fight. Nationally, more than 300,000 men, women and children have raised more than $18 million to help fight prostate cancer since 2000.
The Motorcycle Ride for Dad is led by a national advisory board, the Canadian Police Association, and volunteer executive committees in each of the event cities. The Manitoba Ride for Dad committee includes members of the Winnipeg Police Association and the business community. Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is the regional presenting sponsor; Telus is the national sponsor.
Funds are raised by riders collecting pledges. Non-riders assist the cause by making donations to the event, or by supporting individual riders. Sponsors underwrite the cost of organizing the events.