Maritime motorcyclists ride to raise funds for blindness research


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TRURO – Ride for Sight is once again coming to Truro.

The event, en route to Urbania, will depart Truro on June 14 and parade through Colchester and Hants counties in support of vision research. It’s the largest motorcycle fundraiser in Canada for vision research.

“I worry about my eyesight and my future every day,” said Maritime Ride for Sight organizing committee chairperson Kelly Rivard, who lives with a medical condition that jeopardizes her sight. “The Ride for Sight brings motorcyclists from across our region together to raise funds for researchers who seek to treat blinding diseases, and to inspire hope for me, and for other Canadian families touched by vision loss.”

In Canada, more than one million people are living with retinal diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and that number is growing. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Canadians over the age of 50.

The parade will depart from the Truro Power Centre at 12 noon on June 14. Registration will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a parade kick off opening ceremonies at 11:30 p.m. Bikes will line up at 11:40 a.m. for parade departure.

Motorcyclists are set to arrive at the Wide Open Wilderness Campground in Urbania at 1: 30 p.m., where there will be an afternoon of games, a show and shine, live auction and live entertainment featuring Lower Rider Band.

Since the first ride in 1979 in Central Ontario, Ride for Sight has raised more than $20-million in support of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the only charity in Canada funding sight-saving research.

For more information, or to register, visit rideforsight.com or call 1-800-461-3331. 

 

 

Organizations: Sight organizing committee, Truro Power Centre, Wide Open Wilderness Campground

Geographic location: Canada, Colchester, Hants Central Ontario

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