The ritual Port Dover Friday the 13th ride wasn’t the only game in town this weekend for motorcycle enthusiasts.
On a sunny September Saturday, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MP David Sweet led a group of 25 riders on his annual charity ride in support of the work done by Hamilton-based Liberty for Youth.
In its third year, the Eagle Ride raised $20,000 for the organization that works closely with local at-risk youth – inspiring them to make positive decisions to escape and/or avoid a life of poverty, drugs and criminal activities.
The bikers travelled from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum beside the airport in Mount Hope and took in the scenic by-ways of rural Ancaster and West Flamborough to a lunch stop at the Dutch Mill near Millgrove. After lunch, the ride continued through a Glanbrook and Caledonia before heading back to the museum for a band and barbecue at the closing celebration.
Liberty For Youth’s executive director Frederick Dryden estimates the programming offered by his organization has saved Canadian taxpayers upwards of $5 million based on the number of youth the program has helped and the average annual cost of $100,000 per year to incarcerate a young offender.
Sweet, who has been involved with Liberty For Youth for the past seven years, said, “The positive impact they are making on Hamilton’s high-risk youth is amazing. They help in the cases that everyone else has given up on. Thanks especially to sponsors who helped us raise funds to impact the lives of dozens more youth that would have otherwise slipped through the cracks.”