Knights of Columbus to host Charity Bike Ride
Here’s a picture: man and wife riding their Ultra Classic Harley Davidson, pulling a small trailer, along an Arizona highway where the speed limit is 75 miles an hour. They are doing the limit as they pass a truck when their rear tire blows.
“The truck driver saw what was happening,” said Don Beattie, the rider in the story, “and pulled back so we could get off the road. But it was a moment, for sure.”
It was a moment that might put lots of us off motorcycle riding for life, but like good horsemen, Mr. and Mrs. Beattie rode again.
They are one of many couples joining the Orangeville Knights of Columbus for their annual ride this September 9, gathering this year at the Orangeville Curling Club.
“This is our third year doing the ride,” Mr. Beattie said. “My wife and I have ridden over 100,000 kilometres from coast to coast, down to California in the winter; we’ve been down to Tennessee – all over.”
The Knights of Columbus host this ride each year to support individual families in the Orangeville area.
This year, the ride carries the name of one of the families it has supported, the Boltons, whose daughter, Kaitlin, died in February, after living many years with MLD (Achromtic Leukodystrophy).
The Boltons wanted to be involved and support the ride one more year in her memory and have given her name to the ride:
The Kaitlin Bolton Memorial Charity Poker Run.
Mr and Mrs Bolton will also be on hand on the day to help out.
It is a great day for the beautiful route established for the riders but, more importantly, for the community, the chance to meet other people and the help that is provided for members of this community who need it.
Mr. Beattie is a fan: “We bring 12 to 14 people on this ride, quite spread out, from Flesherton, Rosemont, Shelburne. They’re personal friends, a diverse gang and a lot of fun,” he explained. “There are some lady riders and ladies who like to ride pillion.”
It was Steve White, local solicitor and barrister, chairman of the Knights’ charity committee, who introduced Mr. Beattie to the ride.
“Mr. White told us about the Bolton family and the ride,” Mr. Beattie said. “We know Mr. White and it’s great to be able to support him again this year.”
This was reflected by another riding couple, Brian and Brenda Ransom.
Said Mr. Ransom, “My wife and I – my whole family – belong to the Orange Lodge, local 5, in Brampton. So, we do a lot of fund raising.
“My wife read about the young girl last year and we thought we’d like to help out. I think we raised the most money, thanks to family and friends who asked if they could sponsor us. This will be our second time on the ride. We bought a bike last year. You know, we had them when we were young and now again.
“Since we bought the bike, we join the Orangeville Motorcycle Club and they’re a great bunch of people. You have a lot of fun, a great day – you meet nice people and you can help out.
He remarked, “This is a good cause for a local girl. I like to do as much as I can.”
As Steve White told us in an interview earlier this summer, the charity works for local individuals rather than institutions in this area.
There are cases, as well, when the Knights have worked with the Lions Club to help a family.
All the money raised stays at home here.
This year’s ride will assist the Bolton family with some of the aftermath of caring for Kaitlin, as well as the Flynns and their daughter, Jennifer, who has the extremely rare Pallister Killian Syndrome.
Mr. White noted that they are being approached more often now by people with difficult stories to their lives. Some of these will also benefit from funds raised during the run.
The Kaitlin Bolton Memorial Charity Poker Run, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, is taking place on Sunday, September 9, with the kick off at the Orangeville Curling Club, 76 Fifth Avenue, which is a change of place from previous years.
For all the details, check out the web site at www.kofc8851.ca