‘Winchester Bike Night’ team surpasses $15,000 tally to benefit Telus Ride for Dad’s Ottawa edition

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WINCHESTER — His father’s vintage bike has been idled, and Vince Zandbelt reports exceeding his original goal in this year’s COVID-19-modified Telus Ride for Dad (Ottawa edition).

“We upped our Winchester Bike Night team goal from $10,000 last week to $15,000 and on Saturday we met and surpassed it!” declares Zandbelt, who entered the Ride’s 2020 version — dubbed ‘Ride Alone Together.’ He named his ‘team’ in honour of the successful Winchester Bike Night series that he organized last year, an event put off this year because of the pandemic.

Instead, Zandbelt participated in the Ride for Dad fundraiser for the first time — visiting a slew of sponsoring businesses with a special 1956 DKW motorcycle that was a surprise birthday gift for his 90-year-old father. Along the way, he took photos, recently assembled by nephew Reid Zandbelt into a video documenting the effort (at the top of this article).

They’ve raised about $15,300 — highest total in Canada among all of the teams participating in Ride Alone Together.

Nation Valley News editor and proprietor Nelson Zandbergen — a supporter of the Winchester Bike Night team’s entry in Ride Alone Together — sits on the vintage bike during Vince Zandbelt’s visit to the media outlet’s 2808 County Rd. 7 location in Chesterville. NVN was among many sponsoring businesses that Zandbelt (no relation to Zandbergen) visited as part of his campaign last month.


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