Ride for Dad Program gets wet

By Joel Charron

The Ride For Dad campaign will be getting a little wet this summer.

On Sunday, July 17 the Ride For Dad will launch the first annual watercraft ride in support of prostate cancer research and awareness. Building on 10 years of success with the motorcycle Ride For Dad, the watercraft version will bring together personal watercraft riders from Windsor and Essex County, who will ride to raise funds to fight Canada’s most common men’s cancer, prostate cancer.

Edward Jones financial advisor Steven Kidd was the one who brought the idea of a watercraft version to the national board in Ottawa. At first, Kidd said they were a “little reluctant”, however, the national board has given the Watercraft Ride For Dad their full support.

Kidd said they are looking for a 100 participants for this year’s inaugural ride.

“To go any bigger than 100 riders in our first year would be too much. We want to try and keep it simple,” said Kidd.

Each rider will have to commit to a registration fee of $25; when a rider raises over $100 in pledges the $25 will be refunded.

As the lead in this Watercraft Ride For Dad, Kidd has donated $1,000.

“I want people to know that I’m serious about this,” he said.

On Sunday, July 17, pre-registration at Ranta Marina runs from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The ride will leave Ranta Marina at 12:30 p.m. and heads up through LaSalle to the north tip of Fighting Island then loops back around and heads down the channel near Bob-lo. Riders will be stopping at the backside of Bob-lo for a break. From there the route heads out to Lake Erie to one of the lighthouses, which they will turn around and make their way back to Ranta Marina for a barbecue. There will also be door prizes, which were donated by local businesses.

Kidd mentioned the trip is roughly 35 miles and should take just over two hours.  There will also be a “chase boat” that will follow the riders in case of emergency or other needs.

‘The main focus of this is raising awareness regarding prostate cancer,” said Kidd.

Kidd, whos know a number of people who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer said it’s important that men get checked for prostate cancer on a regular basis and early detection could lead toward greater chances of recovery.

“We’ve all heard the jokes on prostate cancer tests, but they’re important, they’re valid and it saves a lot of lives,” said Kidd.

To register for the Watercraft Ride For Dad visit Ridefordad.ca and click on the watercraft option.

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