Ride inspired by Gord hits road

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club is based in Port Kells and on June 5 will once again see an influx riders and drivers for the annual charity ride.

The Ride for the Kids is in memory of club member Gord Heppler. His widow, Jackie, started the tradition of a charity ride which will this year benefit the B.C. Fire Fighters Burn Fund to help kids with burn injuries.

“Join us for a fun day of riding or driving – cars are welcome – meeting new people, eating good food, a silent auction and draws,” she said.

Rain or shine, the event goes ahead. The day starts with a pancake and sausage breakfast at 9 a.m. for $5.

Ride sign up begins at 10 a.m. and everyone sets off at 11 a.m. for a jaunt around the Fraser Valley. People can do the ride and dessert for $25.

Lunch is by donation to the burn fund. People who don’t feel they can do the ride are still welcome for the breakfast and lunch.

The GVMC clubhouse is at 9785 192nd St. and more information about the charity ride is at www.gvmc.ca. Learn about the cause at www.burnfund.org.

The loving memory of her husband’s enthusiasm for motorcycling and his love of children led Jackie to start the run to help those children fighting to have a life free from cancer.

Gord was a long time active member of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club who died of cancer on May 21, 1992, at the age of 44.

The ride has benefited various causes over the years, including BC Children’s Hospital.

In 2012, after 20 consecutive years of putting on the run, Jackie stepped down as the main organizer with the club playing a bigger role. It renamed the event the 21st Annual GVMC Ride For The Kids.

 

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