Military riders mount up for charity

Group takes to the road to help children who are visually impaired or suffering serious illness

A barrage of motorcycle riders roared into Thrifty Foods in Parksville on Saturday to enjoy a free lunch while raising money for charity.

The group was part of the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride and were on a local leg of the journey across Canada, from Comox to Victoria.

Thrifty Foods sponsors the group’s lunch every year.

The two charities benefiting from the ride are the Military Police Fund for Blind Children and the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Leader of the ride and Petty Officer Second Class George Robinson said the group is made up of a mix of civilians and both retired and active military personnel.

The ride takes place throughout July and August, with each region doing their own leg of the ride.

Robinson said personally he loves riding a motorcycle and feels it’s important to raise money for children in need.

“There are a lot of children in need who don’t have a voice or the ability to raise the money we can raise,” Robinson said.

Last year Robinson said the Ride raised $35,000 and this year they hope to raise $100,000 across Canada.


To obtain more information about the group and to donate to this worthy charity visit their website at