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PHOTO: Grape cause: On Saturday, Sept. 26, Township 7 Vineyards and Winery hosted its annual Grape Stomp benefiting Ronald McDonald House of BC, which provides accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they travel to Vancouver for their child’s major treatment. Teams of six, most dressed in costume, grabbed grapes from the vineyard and then ‘smushed’ away in large barrels at the South Langley winery, for both the cause and also bragging rights. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance)
Dapper dudes ride through Langley
by Troy Landreville
Bikers in business suits?
Yep, that’s a thing; or at least it was Sunday in Fort Langley.
Smashing the stereotype that most motorcyclists sport long beards, jeans, leather jackets, and boots, many of the bikers involved in Sunday’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) departed west along en Glover Road looking dapper in three-piece suits.
With rides in 410 cities from 79 countries, DGR’s focus is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against prostate cancer.
DGR’s goal was to raise $3 million this year to assist in finding a cure for a disease that kills 1,300 men a day worldwide.
Funds raised in Canada go to Prostate Cancer Canada.
The fundraiser’s website is gentlemansride.com.
Langley DGR organizer Shawn Gurney lost his mom, Luellen, to breast cancer, around Christmastime last year.
“There’s a ton of breast cancer charity out there, but not much for most of other things, so this is what I decided to go with,” Gurney related, about his reason for taking the reins, locally.
A Brookswood resident, Gurney said there was a DGR event being held in Vancouver but for anyone on the other side of the Port Mann Bridge, he chose to host one that left from the Fraser Valley, namely Langley.
“It seems fairly central,” he said.
The local motorcycle convoy travelled through Fort Langley, Langley, Surrey, White Rock, and finally Crescent Beach.
Gurney had 15 people signed up to take part but was pleasantly surprised Sunday morning to see double that number ready to roll prior to departure.
The first-ever Langley DGR raised roughly $2,200 for Prostate Cancer Canada, and based on the success of this year’s fundraiser, Gurney plans on putting it together again next year.
“We might change the ride a little bit, I’m not sure, but it will stay in the Fraser Valley area, for sure,” Gurney said.
Donations are being accepted at the DGR website until the end of October.
PHOTO:Fall arrives: Fall brings colour to the landscape, as seen along 64th Avenue in Langley as a passerby makes his way west along the road. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance)