Ride will help fund prostate cancer research

Fathers are invited to rumble down the highway through rural areas in support of prostate cancer research.

Fathers are invited to rumble down the highway through rural areas in support of prostate cancer research.

Parkland Agri Services Corp.’s second annual Rural Alberta Motorcycle Ride for Dad is being held on Saturday.

Like last year, the 2009 ride will include three separate routes that start in Didsbury, High River and Stettler respectively. They all culminate in a barbecue on main street in Didsbury.

The public barbecue starts at noon and features a 3 p.m. jazz performance by The Polyjesters, who will welcome the riders before moving the show over to JD’s Restaurant Pub and Grill at 4 p.m.

Organizers hope to attract about 150 riders and raise $100,000 for prostate cancer education and research in Alberta.

Jordan Overwater, chair of the 2009 ride committee, said the ultimate goal is to get men to be proactive in the prevention of prostate cancer and to raise money for portable testing units to help make diagnosis accessible to men outside of Edmonton and Calgary.

The ride is open to all licensed motorbikers. Registration forms can be picked up at Parkland Agri Services or Mark’s stores, and at several bike shops and businesses along the ride routes.

Forms can also be picked up online by searching Rural Alberta Ride for Dad and follow the link.

In Stettler, the ride starts at Tim Hortons on 59th Street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the rides start at 10 a.m. sharp.

For more information, call Greg at 403-994-0333 or Jordan at 403-994-0329.

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