Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride rolling through Valley Aug. 24

Military police, volunteers, and civilian supporters of our troops are gearing up for the annual ride

Military police, volunteers, and civilian supporters of our troops are gearing up for the annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride.

It’s due to hit the open road Aug. 2 in St. John’s, Nfld. Riders arrive in the Comox Valley on Aug. 24, leaving the next day for Victoria.

On April 23, Maj. Bob Edwards, the 2012 Ontario ride captain, accompanied by other riders, presented a $75,000 cheque to the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Military Police Fund for Blind Children. These funds were raised during the 2012 coast-to-coast ride, which set a new record for the ride’s fundraising initiatives.

“We are extremely proud of the significant contribution made by the MPNMRR to the Military Police Fund for Blind Children,” said LCol Gilles Sansterre, chair of the fund. “The lives of many visually impaired children across this country are enriched by this generous donation.”

The MPNMRR is the longest annual motorcycle relay in the world with our National Riders covering in excess of 10,000 kilometres during the event. On Aug. 2, the fifth annual MPNMRR kicks off on The Rock, where motorcycle enthusiasts will roll their throttles out of St. John’s and will visit all of the major military establishments across Canada, arriving in beautiful Victoria on Aug. 25. Courageous riders will also venture south from the frigid conditions of the Northwest Territories for the second year in a row, riding a whopping 3,459 kilometres.

Since riders rolled out of St. John’s for the first ride in 2009, over $170,000 has been raised for numerous charities. This year, funds raised will support the Military Police Fund for Blind Children nationwide and the Children’s Wish Foundation in select provinces.

Lamont French, the MPNMRR national chairperson, has been involved in the ride since its initial launch in 2009 and is very passionate about fundraising for kids, stating, “The privilege of paying it forward to children is an honour.”

Join the fifth annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride, as it rolls through your area between Aug. 2 and 25. All motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome to participate, whether it is as a national, provincial or local rider.

For more information on the ride, how to register, become a sponsor, donate, or participate in our online auctions, visit the MPNMRR website at www.mpnmrr.ca.

For more information on the charities the MPNMRR represents, visit www.mpfbc.com and www.childrenswish.ca.

— Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride

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