Telus Ride for Dad to make Winchester poker-hand pit stop, June 3

Motorcyclists on last year's Telus Ride for Dad, making their way through Chesterville. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Those thundering wheels of Ottawa’s annual Telus Ride for Dad will again rumble through Chesterville and over the South Nation River during the first day of the village’s Art on the Waterfront.

But first, the motorcycles will swing by Winchester to be dealt another card in the poker-run format. And local supporters of the upcoming “poker stop” — slated for the Joel Steele Community Centre — hope it’s a harbinger of bigger things to come.

North Dundas Councillor Tony Fraser says they intend to follow up in 2018 by hosting a full-blown lunch stop serving the Ride’s 1,800 riders and passengers. Part of a local core group that has been dealing with Ride for Dad organizers since last summer, Fraser says the Winchester site was scouted during Dairyfest last year.

“They like the venue so far, and they have some preliminary plans to revamp the run to make it [Winchester] a lunch stop next year,” he says.

Even as just as poker stop this year, Winchester intends to show its hospitality with some simple refreshments like water, snack bars, coffee and other treats, according to Fraser. “I’m some of the local church groups can get involved,”  adds Fraser.

Begun in 2000, the Ride for Dad is a popular prostate cancer fundraiser that has raised millions of dollars.

Winchester takes over from Russell as a poker stop on this year’s Ride.

A planning session is set for Thursday, April 13, at the Joel Steele Centre for anyone wanting to help out on June 3. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.



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