Harley ride to support breast cancer screening

Lisa Goudy
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In a few weeks it’s time to rev up those bike engines to support the Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Agency’s screening program.

Ladies of Harley Regina will hold their 11th annual ride in support of the Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Agency’s screening program on Sept. 7. The ride will stop at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw.

On Sept. 7, the Regina Chapter of the Ladies of Harley will hold their 11th annual ride for the program. Partway through the day the ride will stop at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw.

“One of our philosophies here is kind of give where you live so we always pick specific things that help people in our community and in our province,” said Zena Conlin, one of the organizers. “Everyone knows someone affected by (breast cancer).”

Following last year’s ride, the Ladies of Harley fulfilled a two-year commitment for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency to buy a new transport vehicle to travel to rural Saskatchewan to help women access the program facilities. In the past the ride has also raised funds for mammography equipment.

For this year, the organization has committed to another initiative to raise funds for a new mobile screening bus.

“The mobile bus, in the next couple years, it’ll be coming towards the end of its life so that’s our next big project: raising funds to buy a new bus,” said Conlin. “Everything always goes to the screening program and we go by what they need.”

The ride day on Sept. 7 will start with breakfast and registration for all participants, 9:30-11 a.m. at Prairie Harley-Davidson in Regina.

“It’s kind of like a party atmosphere. You have breakfast. You have music out in the parking lot. So it’s a lot of fun,” said Conlin. “We do some ride instructions.”

The ride will leave the shop at 11:30 a.m. and stop in at Moose Jaw’s Western Development Museum for snacks and a break.

At 2 p.m. in Regina there is a late lunch and event at the Conexus Arts Centre.

“We announce the total funds raised and who our top fundraisers were,” said Conlin. “We have some draw prizes and raffles and kind of a celebration that goes on there.”

Last year’s total was $15,890. The goal for this year’s ride is to raise $20,000.

“Hopefully next year we’ll have a couple of extra events … just because the bus is such a huge, huge chunk of money that we need to raise funds for. It’s a huge commitment,” said Conlin.

While the event is a Harley shop, it is open to any riders.

“We encourage all riders to come and it’s a really good opportunity to mingle and look at everyone’s bikes,” she said. “It’s so much fun to be a part of something like this in the bike community.”

There is a $30 registration fee for the full ride. People can also only buy a ticket or meal at the event at the Conexus Arts Centre.

For more information, contact the shop at 306-522-1747 or visit www.prairieharleydavidson.com.

For those who can’t participate in the event, donate online at donate.saskcancer.ca.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Western Development Museum, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Conexus Arts Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatchewan

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