Canada, the world’s second largest country, spans six timezones and thousands of kilometres. From Rockie Mountains to Prairies, Borreal Plains to Mixwood Greenbelt, Ocean to Ocean, who wouldn’t want to cross Canada on a motorcycle? That was the question asked to me by Ian of the MAC Rally of Hope. In 2010 the rally raised $88,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation. This year the rally has riders travelling across Canada with their sights set on raising over $100,000, all while exploring the great white north on their iron steeds.
We had just met an hour earlier but Ian had already bought my girlfriend and I snacks and coffee at the local Friday night motorcycle meet, the Hard Rock Café in Toronto. A little research revealed everyone involved in the MAC Rally of Hope shares Ian’s generosity. Media consistently help by offering free radio advertising and coverage across the country for the rally. Friends and strangers alike rallied to keep the riders going along their cross-country ride, often in rain, and many riders even joined along for parts or the remainder of the route. Mortgage Alliance CEO Michael Beckette invited all riders from across Canada to join the ride.
The goal is to travel from Port Moody, British Columbia, all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland and raise over $100,000, all in 13 days. “Light” riding days will see just over 400 km, while a handful of longer days will be over 700 km. Departure was two days ago, on July 17th. Arrival in St. John’s will be on July 31st.
I plan on joining the ride on Sunday July 24th leaving Toronto and heading to Ottawa and invite you to join the rally wherever it crosses your path. What could be more amazing than fighting cancer from aboard a motorcycle, riding across one of the most beautiful countries in the world?
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Visit MAC Rally of Hope’s official website for full details.