31st Annual GVMC Ride For The Kids



Sunday, May 7, 2023
9:00:00 AM
GVMC Clubhouse

Current Information on the 31st Annual GVMC "Ride For the Kids"

"Enjoy a Great Ride and Help Kids With Burn Injuries!"


When: Sunday, May 7, 2023

Mark this date on your calendar for a great Charity event

Check back in the near future for more details on this event.

Check in the Photo Gallery and Past Events to see the great fun had at this event in the past.

History of the GVMC "Ride For The Kids" formerly the GVMC Gord Heppler Memorial Run

The Gord Heppler Memorial Run was started in 1993 by his wife Jackie Heppler in partnership with the GVMC. Gord was a long-time active member of the Club who died of cancer on May 21, 1992, at the age of 44. The loving memory of her husbandís enthusiasm for motorcycling and his love of children led her to start the Run to help those children fighting to have a life free from cancer. The Vancouver Childrenís Hospital was chosen as the recipient of our donation.

The first Gord Heppler Memorial Run had a good turnout of riders and every year the participation has increased. The Run includes a ride through awesome, winding back roads, remote farmlands, and scenic mountains all in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. The ride usually lasts about three hours ending up at a final destination for a barbecue and social. Eventually we added the temptations of a silent auction as an additional part of our fundraising. The auction consisted of a large quantity of great items that were and are generously donated by local merchants, friends and family and our members. All those who are registered for the Run are tracked as they stop at our check points, where they get to test their skills at various activities to help them accumulate points that will determine the winner of the event.

Each year Jackie would meet with Social Workers from the Hospital to determine what that yearís proceeds from the Run would be used for. Over the years this donation has allowed them to purchase home infusion units, portable monitored and metered I.V. machines, T.Vís, V.C.Rís and videos to help inform the children as to what is happening to them and what is being done for them. They also purchase entertainment videos to try to help take the childrenís minds off their fears and often painful treatments that they must endure.

2012 marked the Twentieth Annual Gord Heppler Memorial Run. With the help of the motorcycling public, that yearís Run raised $15,886.40 which a group of GVMC members presented in person on the Childrenís Hospital Miracle Telethon. That brought the grand total raised in twenty years to $156,525.95.

In 2012 after 20 consecutive years of putting on the run Jackie stepped down as the main organizer of the event. It was taken over by the GVMC and since then any member that would like to take on and organize the Run may volunteer and continue for as long as they want to do so.

In 2015 the GVMC affiliated themselves with the Fire Fighters Burn Fund and the Burn Unit at Childrenís Hospital continuing to work to help kids.

In 2019 the Fire Righterís Burn Fund became our donation recipient and we are still supporting them.

In 2020 and 2021 the Ride was cancelled due to covid and the 2022 Ride was postponed until later in the year because of inclement weather. To this date Jackie and the GVMC members, supporters, friends, and volunteers have generously donated $214,802.43 to the three charities. We wonít stop there. Stay tuned!

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