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Fourth Biker’s Helping Hand a roaring success

By Kevin Anderson, The Northern Times

Riders prepare to head out for the poker rally during the 4th Annual Biker’s Helping Hand motorcycle rally.

Riders prepare to head out for the poker rally during the 4th Annual Biker’s Helping Hand motorcycle rally.

 You could hear the sound of the procession rolling over the air like an approaching thunderstorm, but skies were sunny and the mood upbeat for the Fourth Annual Biker’s Helping Hand Motorcycle Rally, held in Kapuskasing on Saturday.

 

“It went really well said Sylvie Dalton, the event’s Chair. “We had more people than ever attend, the weather cooperated, everyone seemed to have a good time and we raised some money for a good cause at the same time.”

 

Dalton estimated approximately 150 riders took part in the event, which included a poker rally, motorcycle games, a 50/50 draw and a draw for $5,000 in addition to the grand prize draw for a 2018 Harley Davidson Street Glide – 115th Anniversary Edition.

 

Lynn Begin and Lina Fortier and family were the big winners of the motorcycle, while Lise Filion won the $5,000 prize.

 

New to this year’s event, was an arm wrestling competition, which garnered a lot of interest from the crowd.

 

“They said they want to come back next year and we’d be happy if they did,” said Dalton.

 

She continued, saying this year’s new venue across from the arena was also a big plus.

 

“It was great,” she said. “We were able to have everything in one place and there was plenty of room to do everything we wanted to do.”

 

In wrapping up, Dalton said she wished to thank everyone involved in making the rally a reality, but also those who attended.

 

“We’re extremely happy with the turnout not just of bikers, but of other people that came out during the day,” she continued. “It exceeded our expectations.”

 

The Biker's Helping Hand motorcycle rally is used to help generate funds for selected members of the community, who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of health issues.

 

The amount of money raised by the event was not available as of press time.