Kickstands up for 2nd annual Hospice fundraiser

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By Shawna O'Neill
Kickstands up for 2nd annual Hospice fundraiser
Mike Dagenais and Kat Alderson of Seaway Valley Riders in 2018. Shawna O'Neill/Seaway News photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Seaway Valley riders have opened their wallets and hearts once again, hosting their 2nd annual motorcycle ride in support of Hospice Cornwall on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Registration will open at 9 a.m. at St. Lawrence Blvd Pub and riders will take off around 10:30 a.m.

According to Mike Dagenais, a member of the Seaway Valley Riders, last year’s inaugural event saw just shy of 100 riders. This year, Dagenais is hoping to see even more on the road, weather permitting.

“(If the turnout is) any indication from last year, we got so many good responses…we’re hoping to have the same amount or more,” said Dagenais.

Upon departure around 10:30 a.m., riders will drive towards Long Sault, making their way slowly through the scenic Long Sault Parkway. They will then carry on through Ingleside and Osnabruck Centre, all the way to the St. Albert Cheese Factory. On their way back to St. Lawrence Blvd Pub for a donated luncheon and live entertainment around 2:30 p.m., riders will make a stop at O’Neill’s Pub in Long Sault.

Last year the group raised $12,900 for Hospice Cornwall. Dagenais could not believe the success of the fundraiser in its first year and is excited to continue the tradition, as well as continuing to out-do previous fundraising accomplishments.

“This year we started a little early…and we’ve raised $10,000 already,” said Dagenais. “I just get so excited when the community comes through with donations ahead of time, I just can’t believe it.”

This year, live auction items will also be up for grabs, including a fire pit, quilt, big screen t.v., tablet and more.

“It was a no brainier to pick (Hospice Cornwall) again,” said Dagenais when asked why Riders selected the organization again. “We could have picked any charity, but it being Hospice, we have friends and family who go through for the best care ever for the final days of their life. It’s a good one to pick and we’re going to stick with it.”

Riders are asked to donate $20 to participate.

“We’re having some fun while raising money,” said Dagenais. “I just can’t wait.”

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