The Telus ATV Ride for Dad rolls into South Mountain for it’s sixth year

Seen in image above: Aerial group shot of the 2016 Ride for Dad in South Mountain. Photo provided by Eric Duncan.

SOUTH MOUNTAIN — Going into their 6th edition, the Nation Valley ATV Club is ready to roll with the 2018 edition of the Telus ATV Ride For Dad on Saturday, March 3 at the South Mountain Agricultural Hall.

In recent years, the number of participants have ranged between 150-300 riders, which travel on the North Dundas ATV trail system throughout the day, and have helped raise over $290,000 to date for prostate cancer research and awareness.

The ride is $30 dollars to participate (plus OFATV membership or day pass). Registration fee includes lunch on the trail, dinner back at the Ag Hall, prize tickets, and a gift bag. If more than $100 is raised in pledges, the $30 fee is refunded.

This Ride for Dad event includes a silent auction. All items being auctioned have been donated by local businesses and 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to fight prostate cancer in the Ottawa area.

Pre-registration is encouraged at www.nvatvc.org/rfd. Pledges can also be made to support the cause on the website as well.

Registration on site at the South Mountain Agricultural Hall is open between 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., with opening speeches and departure scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

“We are always overwhelmed by the turnout and the support for this event. Every year, it beats all of our expectations and gets more successful,” said Club President and Committee Co-Chair Sebastien Smith. “We are looking forward to welcoming local ATVers and visitors from all across Ontario.”

In 2013, Nation Valley ATV Club became the first all-terrain vehicle chapter to start a Ride for Dad rally in Ontario. Since then, several have used their model and replicated similar rallies across the country.

“We are really proud of the number of participants and the funds we have been able to raise from this event,” said Committee Co-Chair Dave Baker. “It takes a lot of volunteers and effort, but to see it all come together and make a difference, it is certainly worth it all.”

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