Current Information on the 31st Annual GVMC "Ride For the Kids"
"Enjoy a Great Ride and Help Kids With Burn Injuries!"
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF RIDING SUPPORTING A VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSE. Help us donate to the Firefighters Kids Burn Camp
When: Sunday, July 23, 2023
Where: GVMC Clubhouse #306 - 9785 192nd St. Surrey What: Sign-ups 9 - 10:00am - Refreshments Served (Coffee and Muffins)
Details: Join us for a fun afternoon of riding, a Unique Observation Poker Run, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes! Food and fun with a BBQ at the end and a 50/50 draw. Very quick easy format. Help us raise some cash for the kid's camp for children with burn injuries.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
We are accepting any cash donations and all profit from the entry fee will be donated back to the Burn Fund.
Mark this date on your calendar for a great Charity 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 husband’s 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 Children’s 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 year’s 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.V’s, V.C.R’s 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 children’s 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 year’s Run raised $15,886.40 which a group of GVMC members presented in person on the Children’s 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 Children’s Hospital continuing to work to help kids.
In 2019 the Fire Righter’s 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 won’t stop there. Stay tuned!
Event Comments: 31st Annual “GVMC Ride for the Kids”
Thank you to all who attended and those that worked on this event. Phil and Julie in the Kitchen which included purchasing items at Costco and our muffins in the morning, , Ron Gaudette for planning & liaising with the firefighters. Jim Brooke for the route and prize giveaway., Jackie for signups, Bill T., Cheryl, and Gerry for assistance in the kitchen and in the clubhouse and Dave Seifert for the 50/50 and all those that took posters to the motorcycle shops. If I missed anyone, please accept my apologies, your effort is appreciated.
Jim Brooke will have the details of the cash received plus the other accumulated funds. We received over $700 in cash donations on the ride which will be added to our reserves for the burn fund and presented to them.
Basically, we had absolutely perfect sunny conditions, a well-planned route, and all arrived safely at the clubhouse. It was a great day for a ride. It was an observation ride with a poker draw for prizes. Approximately a three-hour ride. There were ten signups - seven riders and a passenger.
At retuning to the club, dinner an awesome Chicken burger dinner with potato salad and all the fixings was served where there was ten additional diners. After dinner 50/50 draw and ride winners were determined.
The winners for the event were Pat M. First Place, Dave K. Second Place and Cathy H. Third Place.
Thank you everyone who worked and or attended! Wes and Jim
Check in the Photo Gallery for pictures of this event.