Over $57,000 raised at latest Nation Valley ATV Club Ride for Dad

In a highlight of the closing gathering of the sixth annual Nation Valley ATV Club Ride for Dad, Dave Baker — co-chair of the event — has a lizard shaved into his head by Trieste Barbershop's Cristoforo Roman. So far, the spectacle has generated $1,590. It was a follow-up to Baker's fundraiser last year, when his head and face were shaved clean. Zandbergen photo

SOUTH MOUNTAIN — Three hundred and seventeen machines carrying more than 365 participants ensured another successful edition of the
Telus ATV Ride For Dad hosted by the Nation Valley ATV Club.

Participants travelled the Club’s trail system in North Dundas throughout the day, March 3, returning to South Mountain for final ceremonies.  In the end, the sixth annual event raised $57,000 and counting for prostate cancer research and awareness.

“We were very fortunate with the weather conditions considering how wet the land has been in the area, but we got through it and had a fun day for a great cause,” said NVATVC President Sebastien Smith. “We are very lucky to have great volunteers, sponsors, and participants that keep this event a real draw. We had riders from New York state, Oakville, Renfrew and Lanark Counties, just to name a few.”

Over $347,000 in pledges and sponsorships has been raised by the Club since it launched Canada’s first all-terrain vehicle Ride for Dad fundraiser in 2013.  Since then, several other clubs have borrowed the model to replicate similar rallies across the country.

“This event is truly a win-win on several fronts,” said Event Co-Chair Dave Baker. “Many of our participants are men that need to be aware of the need to get tested for prostate cancer. Not only does the Ride raise much needed funds for research, it raises awareness and gets more men talking and thinking about their health.”


ATV enthusiasts participating in the Ride for Dad pose for photo before disembarking on the rally. Courtesy photo


Dave Baker has a beastie carved into his noggin for the good cause, with Trieste Barbershop’s Cristoforo Roman wielding the clippers. The final product could pass for a lizard, dragon or muskrat, draped over the scalp of the Nation Valley ATV Club Ride for Dad co-chair.


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