Motorcyclists On A Mission for the Mission Saddle Up for Popular Poker Ride to Support the Windsor Downtown Mission
Several years ago, two friends, George Winnie and Frenchie Aligarde, who share a love of the open road and motorcycles were looking for a way to help the increasing number of people in Windsor who were struggling with poverty and homelessness. They approached the Downtown Mission with a fundraising idea- a motorcycle ride that challenged participants to ride “On a Mission for the Mission.”
The event has grown in both popularity and revenue raised each and every year. On Sunday, August 28, 2016 more than 120 motorcyclists and their passengers, will be going kickstands up at 11:00 AM and departing from the Windsor Downtown Mission at 664 Victoria Avenue, embarking on a scenic run through Windsor and Essex County. The event’s proceeds directed to the Windsor Downtown Mission’s Wellness Centre Project.
This year’s stops include the Essex Legion, Amherstburg Legion with the final stop coming at the Colchester Bar and Grill. The event organizers include Legion clubs as stops each year, to pay tribute and to support Canada’s veterans. Last year the Mission for the Mission raised more than $8,180 for hurting people supported by the Downtown Mission.
“We are very proud of our friendship and association with George and Frenchie and of course the enthusiastic motorcycle riders who circle this event on their calendars each year to support the Downtown Mission. This ride helps us to transform the lives of marginalized people who come the Mission in search of refuge and compassion.” – CEO, Ron Dunn
The Windsor Downtown Mission is a Christian, faith-based, registered not-for-profit organization with a focus on serving and advocating for those who struggle with poverty and homelessness — men, women and children. Last year (2015), through its various programs: provided 14,600 safe nights of accommodations, served in excess of 260,000 meals, provided clothing to 8,125 individuals. For more information contact Ron Dunn, Chief executive Officer at 519-973-5573 or 519-817-5500 (cell).