Alzheimer Society gearing up for motorcycle ride

Staff

Get your motor running.
Motorcycle enthusiasts from across Rainy River and Kenora districts are encouraged to participate the annual “Ride for Memories,” a fundraiser for the local Alzheimer Society, which is slated for Saturday, Aug. 27.
“We have a very fun and exciting route for the riders this year,” said Lynn Moffatt, executive director of Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts.
“Bill Naturkach, ride leader and Alzheimer Society vice-president, will lead the ride out of Fort Frances heading up Highway 502 all the way to Dryden,” she explained, adding riders will check in between 8-9 a.m. at The Harbourage here.
“All the riders will meet up in Dryden for a barbecue lunch at noon,” added Moffatt.
“Then taking Highway 17 to Atikokan for a break in the afternoon and back to Fort Frances’ Adventure Inn for the steak dinner at 6 p.m.”
Registration costs $25. Register by calling 1-800-682-0245 or visiting www.alzheimerkrr.com
For those not riding, but wanting to attend the steak dinner at the Adventure Inn, tickets can be purchased at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts or by contacting Faye Flatt at 275-9622 or via e-mail at faye.flatt@gmail.com
Or call the Alzheimer Society at 1-800-682-0245.
Moffatt said the “Ride for Memories” is a very important fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society.
“This year, the ‘baby-boomers’ are turning 65 and we are already starting to seeing an increase of individuals being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia,” she noted.
“According to statistics, one-in-11 Canadians over 65 has dementia.
“We are increasing services and program delivery in the districts to ensure we are able to meet this increasing demand for services,” Moffatt said.
“With only 35 percent of funding from the Local Integration Health Network, it’s important for us to have community support and participation in events such as the ‘Ride for Memories,’” she stressed.
“We are encouraging riders to come out and collect pledges to support the Alzheimer Society in providing ongoing delivery of services and programs,” Moffatt remarked.