On Rock hopes to raise $12,000 Saturday
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On Rock Community Services' second annual 'Riders against Hunger' bike ride to help the food bank, will take place Saturday.
West Island motorcycle enthusiasts have a chance to do a good deed Saturday as On Rock Community Services holds its second annual bike ride to profit its food bank. The organization hopes to raise $12,000 after having amassed $8,000 last year.
Last year's event attracted 30 motorcyclists. On Rock president Kim Reid expects 40 to 60 riders this time around. He's asked every participant to raise $200 or more. Reid invites all riders not registered yet to do their part in the fight against hunger.
"We are doing this fundraiser for the food bank which serves 160 families a week. People who own motorcycles like to ride. You will ride your bike anyway: here is an opportunity to make a difference at the same time. This is a chance for you to help the less fortunate in the community and it is a day of enjoyable activities for you, "he said.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. with registration. A free breakfast will be served for those who register. Every rider will be given a playing card before the ride starts. Three stops are planned during the ride. At every stop, another playing card will be awarded.
The event will start at the food bank located at 9554 Gouin Blvd. and will take the participants on a 250 km tour through Vaudreuil, Hawkesbury, Oka and Laval before coming back to the food bank. A barbecue will await the riders upon their return.
At the end of the ride, a fifth playing card will be distributed to participants. The one with the best poker hand will take home the grand prize, two Air Canada plane tickets to anywhere in North America including Mexico and the Caribbean.
A raffle will feature many interesting prizes such as Monster Gym memberships, an acoustic-electric Washburn guitar, snow skis, a watch and many gift certificates.
The food bank helps 160 families every month. Forty families a week obtain food boxes worth $100 to $120 each. A typical box contains milk, yogurt, non-perishables, pasta, sauce, cold cuts, bread, tuna, salmon, cereal, fruits and vegetables.
The food is generously donated by Moisson Montréal and Marché de l'Ouest. Reid told The Chronicle that the hardest thing to come by is not food but the funds necessary to running the equipments: lighting, refrigerators, stoves, trucks and rent.
To register to the bike ride or to obtain more information on the food bank, visit the organization's website at www.onrock.org.