More than 40 riders came out to join Dawn Ride in support of ovarian cancer research. (Submitted photo)

More than 40 riders came out to join Dawn Ride in support of ovarian cancer research. (Submitted photo)

Dawn Ride challenge raises funds for ovarian cancer research

More than 40 riders join event at Errington motorcycle shop

More than 40 motorcyclists took part in the Second Annual Dawn Ride challenge, a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research.

The weekend event was hosted by the owner Simon Holt and his team at Spunky’s Motorcycle Shop in Errington. And despite the poor weather forecast, the ride featured blue skies and sunshine.

The Vancouver Island participants raised $7,625 which will help the Dawn Ride achieve its $100,000 target this year. The national event has already generated $68,410.69. All funds will be forwarded to the Ovarian Cancer Relief Foundation.

Several Vancouver Island dual sport and adventure motorcycle groups, along with members from Central Island Chrome Maidens and the Vancouver Island Women’s Motorcycle Group, joined the Vancouver Island regional ride.

Local organizer and co-founder of Dawn Ride, Bonnie St Julien, thanked Chris Burger at Meadowood General Store in Dashwood for providing Dawn Ride participants the opportunity to stop by for a photoshoot with BigFoot, and for his generous donation in support of ovarian cancer.

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Dawn Ride is is self-directed national fundraising challenge for motorcyclists that is held during the month of May with many events taking place across Canada.

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest cancer faced exclusively by women, and more than 3,000 Canadian women will hear that diagnosis in 2022. Half of those diagnosed will die within five years, largely owing to its stealthy yet aggressive nature. Unlike other more familiar cancers, there is no reliable screening test to detect ovarian cancer early.

The Dawn Ride’s goal is to shine a light on ovarian cancer, bringing it out of the shadows and raising research funds to make this wretched disease discoverable, manageable, and – one day – curable. As well, Dawn Ride aims to consistently promote the educational resources, values, and support services of Ovarian Cancer Canada.

For further Dawn Ride information and to donate visit www.dawnride.org today.

— NEWS Staff

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