Amy Kikkert has a shiny new ride and not one the average 19-year-old girl who has graduated from John Casablancas Makeup Artistry program would normally choose. But thatâ€™s the rub, Amy didnâ€™t take the makeup program to learn how to do glamour looks, she took it to learn special effects makeup; and now her choice of rides makes more sense.
As the relatively new owner of a bright orange 2009 Hyosung Aquila motorcycle, sheâ€™s moving up from riding behind her dad in the pairâ€™s favourite fundraising event, to beside him on May 31.
â€œI was always raised with my dad liking bikes,â€ she said. â€œI figured a bike would be affordable.â€
Walnut Grove resident Tim Kikkert started in the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live, a fundraiser for prostate cancer research, in 2011.
â€œMy dad had prostate cancer about 15 years ago,â€ the elder Kikkert said. â€œAmy has always ridden behind me [in the Westcoast ride].â€
Itâ€™s an event the duo are proud to be part of and theyâ€™ve ranked in the top spot for fundraising each year theyâ€™ve been involved. This approximately three-hour ride culminates in a celebration at Fraser Downs where the Fraser Valley and Vancouver riders get together.
â€œThey have a band and a guest DJ,â€ said Kikkert. â€œThey do a big barbecue and thereâ€™s a show and shine. Itâ€™s a great bid kind of ceremony.â€
Together with Amy, Kikkert has raised more than $30,000 towards the fight against prostate cancer in their five years of participating.
â€œWeâ€™re just over $6,500 this year,â€ Kikkert noted.
Amy used her special effects makeup skills to help raise money by hosting an event at her dadâ€™s place of work.
â€œI did a beauty demo and a special effects demo to raise money,â€ she said.
The pairâ€™s fundraising efforts have been noticed by organizers who asked Kikkert for help in putting together a guide for other riders to make their fundraising more successful.
â€œWeâ€™ve been really fortunate, I start [fundraising] probably in early March,â€ he said and added that together with the eventâ€™s executive, â€œWe wrote up a whole thing with sample emails and that kind of thing.â€
The journey hasnâ€™t always been easy though. A back injury in the fall of 2014 had Kikkert wondering if heâ€™d be able to enjoy the ride as he had in the past.
â€œI was wondering, â€˜whatâ€™s that going to be like for the ride in May?â€™â€ he said.
So far, it looks like it wonâ€™t be a problem. Kikkert has been out with Amy training her on her bike and getting her ready for the Sunday ride which has several stops in a poker run format.
When asked why the event was important to her, Amy replied, â€œWell, my grampa had prostate cancer, and itâ€™s something to do with my dad, and I get to ride.â€
Find out more about the efforts to raise funds for prostate cancer research in B.C. at vancouver.ridetolive.ca.