Feature Story                                                                                                        Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Riding for a Reason

West Coast Ride to Live bikers mount up for $150k

Staff/Voice photos


A Ride to Live biker gives the thumbs up on the awareness segment of the ride through Chilliwack May 5th.


t was just starting to rain in Chilliwack early Saturday, May 5th, as about 90 riders headed out from Chances Casino Chilliwack on the 4th Annual West Coast Ride to Live prostrate cancer fundraiser.


Local riders were meeting up with about 240 others from Vancouver at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino in Cloverdale where food, music, draws and prizes were waiting.

This was the second year that Chances Casino hosted the well-planned ride and capped off their generosity with a huge $1000 donation. Additionally, management brought in local Elvis tribute artist Jeff Bodner and provided coffee and muffins.

In the four short years of its existence, the WestCoast Ride to Live has managed to generate $751,000 in donations for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation of BC. Colleen Groenland told the Voice in an e-mail last week this year riders mounted up to raise $150,000.


It's an impressive sight to see all the bikes and there's something about the low rumble of Harley's in the morning that gets the blood flowing.

Kat Goosen unfurled a new banner and told riders prior to leaving on the big loop that took them through downtown Chilliwack, Rosedale, Maple Ridge and then back to Cloverdale, that they were changing the name of the event to the WestCoast Motorcycle Fraser Valley Ride to Live.


Local veteran Claude Latulippe was riding with his son and together they raised $275.00


"He's the won who told me about the ride here," said Latulippe. "Last year was my first year riding, so this year we put a little more effort into the pledges and next year I'll up my target a little bit I think.


Latulippe said a friend and neighbour passed away from prostrate cancer.


"I"m riding for him today," he said.

Chilliwack City Councillor Ken Popove joined the ride on a motorcycle supplied by Mountainview Harley in Chilliwack. Chilliwack RCMP Cpl. Lee Dyson was on hand to help with draws and safety advice and he also participated in the ride. Mounties closed streets ahead of the awareness run through downtown to Five Corners.

Each year, Trev Deely Motorcycles Vancouver donates a bike to be raffled off. This year, it was a 2014 Harley Davidson Classic Heritage Softail and the draw was won by Joann Strasbourg of Victoria BC.

In addition to hosting the Ride to Live, Chances Casino Chilliwack donated $1000 to the cause.

Something new this year for riders was the poker hand for prizes. Riders made stops along the way where they were handed a poker car in order to form a hand that could win them prizes.

There were celebrities at both rides, including; Graham Wardle & Cindy Busby from CBC Heartland TV Series, Celebrity Riders & funds raised by signing autographs. Radio personality Pam Stevens from Shore 104.3 FM, Master of Ceremony BC Actor Jackson Davies, Celebrity Ride Captain Steve Crevier and Canadian Super Bike Champion, National Recording Artists the Merv Tremblay Band, the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team, the Vancouver Ride Presidential Escort, the Chilliwack RCMP Upper Fraser Valley and Cpl Lee Dyson and Jeff Bodner with his Tribute To Elvis.

The Canadian Armed Forces 15th Field Artillery Regiment and 39th Battlefield Group let loose thier 105mm Howitzer Cannon to kick off the Vancouver Ride. Scotiabank & Honda Canada were the presenting sponsors.

The Ride To Live Classic Vehicle Show & Shine in Cloverdale had 48 vehicles registered vying for 12 Awards. The Best Overall Vehicle was the 1962 Corvette Roadster. Al Frost of Langley won a private photo session with Full Throttle Photo.

Full List of Awards:
Best Classic: 1956 Chevrolet Nomad - Jim De Vries, Langley.
Best Custom: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air - Roy Gervan, North Vancouver.
Best Model A: 1929 Ford Model A - Gerry Simons, North Vancouver.
Best Pre 1980 Muscle Car: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner - Bill Pountney, Surrey.
Best Post 1980 Muscle Car: 2010 Viper Voo Doo - Clifford Kusch, Langley.
Best Truck: 1970 Chevrolet Pick Up Truck - Steve Fortune, Langley.
Best Hot Rod: 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe - Richard Crosby, Coquitlam.
Best Ambulance: 1957 Chevrolet Ambulance - Steve Williams, Langley.
Best Police Vehicle: 2007 Hummer - Steve Gibson representing RPB Hotels and Resorts.
Best Fire Vehicle: 1919 La Franz Fire Truck - Paul Hebden representing Surrey Fire & Rescue, Surrey.
Best Specialty Vehicle: 1956 Chevrolet Nomad - Mike Herrick, Langley.
Best Overall Vehicle: 1962 Corvette Roadster - Al Frost, Langley.

Top 13 Highest Fund Raisers Won Prizes: #1 Tim Kikkert is still fundraising on his Route66 Trip to June 20.
$7,068.88 Tim Kikkert
$3,105.00 Brent Wilson
$2,965.00 Simon Osborne
$2,955.00 Brad Sharun
$1,796.00 Harold Czembar
$1,770.00 Ken Farrage
$1,520.00 Cliff Rayner
$1,036.00 Chrissy Czembar
$1,000.00 Lawrence Thompson
$981.00 Bruce Jamieson
$690.00 Ray Harbourne
$590.00 Ian Christman
$550.00 Jim Stoughton

Poker Hand Winners:
#1 Monika (four of a kind 7's) Won Trev Deeley Motorcycles Rental & Dayton Boots Certificate
#2 Ron Todd (Full House A High) Won RPB Hotels and Resorts one night stay for 2 people
#3 Chris Hase (Full House 8 High) Won Honda Canada Certificate

Contest "One Night Stay" RPB Hotels and Resorts: Won by Chris Hase

15th Field Artillery Armed Forces
Ambulance Paramedics of BC
Automotive Retailers Association
BC Ambulance Service
Black Press
RPB Hotels and Resorts
Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino
Roy Henry Vickers
Shore 104.3 FM
The Province Newspaper
Trev Deeley Motorcycles
Vancouver Fire & Rescue
Vancouver Police Union
Vancouver Police Department
Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team

Ambulance Paramedics of BC
Automotive Retailers Association
BC Ambulance Service
Black Press
Chances Chilliwack
City of Chilliwack
Chilliwack Fire & Rescue
Roy Henry Vickers
Shore 104.3 FM
The Province Newspaper

Black Top & Checker Cabs Vancouver
Burnaby Fire & Rescue
Coquitlam Fire & Rescue
Gypsy Jean
JD Farms
Kitt Equipment
Maple Leaf Disposal Ltd
Minuteman Press Surrey
Shirtland Drycleaners
Surrey Fire & Rescue
Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society
The NOW Newspaper
Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society
Yellow Cab Company Vancouver
Praise 106.5 FM
The Valley Voice Chilliwack

Mountain View Harley Davidson Chilliwack
The NOW Newspaper
Township of Langley, Fort Langley Fire & Rescue
Praise 106.5 FM
The Valley Voice Chilliwack

Accent Inns Burnaby
BCGEU & Sheriff Services
Borden Ladner Gervais
Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society
Busters Towing Vancouver
City of Vancouver
Classic & Vintage Swap Meet
Coquitlam Firefighters Local 1782
Creative Custom Engraving
Daytona Motorsports
Dynamic Equipment
Emblazon Embroidery
FTP Full Throttle Photo
Hallmark Poultry Processors
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
Konstantin Photography
Long & McQuade Surrey
MacLure’s Cabs
Police Mutual Benevolent Association
River Rock Casino
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 Delta
Thrifty Foods
Vancouver Police Community Fund
Vancouver Police Credit Union
Vancouver Taxi
Williams Moving

A. J. Towing Chilliwack
Chilliwack Firefighters Charitable Society
Mission Fire & Rescue

Souvenir Sales, Chili & Soup Lunch prepared by Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino (which was great), Extra poker cards, hot dog donations at pre-registration at Trev Deeley Motorcycles Vancouver.

Special Thanks to all the Volunteers that came out to support this cause including the Volunteers who managed all 9 poker stops for both rides. Huge Thank You to the Vancouver Ride To Live Executive Committee and the Fraser Valley Chilliwack Ride To Live Executive Committee for all of their volunteer hours and dedication in planning for this 2014 successful event.

Another big Thank You to PCFBC, Prostate Cancer Foundation BC for their hard work - all donations raised will be dispersed by PCFBC to Prostate Cancer Research, Education & Support for British Columbia! Thank You Everyone Together we can Save BC MEN & Fight Against Prostate Cancer.


For more information and to register for next year's rides, visit www.ridetolive.ca


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