Riders stopped in for lunch at the Chrysler Poker Stop in Parksville.

Riders stopped in for lunch at the Chrysler Poker Stop in Parksville.

Parksville Ride with Dad

Ride with Dad raised $13,339 for prostate cancer awareness

Carli Berry

news@pqbnews.com

The annual Ride for Dad event came to Parksville on Jun. 6 in order to raise prostate cancer awareness.

Motorcycles, 243 of them, rode around Vancouver Island, starting in the Comox Valley, with all proceeds going to B.C. Cancer Society in Victoria.

This is the event’s fifth year on the island and 15th year nationally.

The event raised $13,339 this year.

It’s to raise awareness about early detection, said event coordinator Wendy Sears.

Early detection is important because it increases the chance of survival.

Gary Reid was a rider in the event, his first year participating in the Ride for Dad.

“I said there’s so many different things you could be participating in, this just seemed like an honest, good one.”

His brother brought the event idea to him from Winnipeg.

Reid said he rides to raise awareness.

Owners showed off a variety of different bikes, from speedy Yamahas to cruising Harleys.

There were two pit stops available for riders in Parksville.