St.Amant Foundation and Autism Awareness Riders Manitoba are revving up their engines in anticipation of their Autism ride which raises awareness for children with autism.
At 8 a.m. on June 3, motorcycle riders will meet at the West St. Paul Recreation Access Centre (48 Holland Road) to take to the open road and tour through the Scantebury, Lac du Bonnet and Beausejour areas on a poker derby challenge.
Many are riding for pledges and donations for St.Amant Foundation.
After the ride, there will be food, live music, a silent auction, and family-friendly fun including a bouncy house and face painting, for all to enjoy. Sensory kits are available.
Proceeds from the Autism Ride & Raffle support a new St.Amant classroom for preschool kids with autism. With the funds raised, St.Amant will be able to purchase the necessary tools they’ll need to give them the best chance to succeed in kindergarten (from smartboards, computers, iPads with specialized apps, toys, and much more).
"Laurent and the Autism Awareness Riders' passion and energy led to incredibly successful fundraisers and also to a community that better understands autism and the importance of inclusion and genuine relationships for all. They are great ambassadors for the St.Amant Foundation," says Christie Lafreniere, St.Amant Foundation's Partnership & Events Coordinator.
Motorcycle riders can register online for the Autism Ride until this Friday, June 2 at 4 pm or onsite on the day of the event. Visitor Pass tickets can be purchased online or on-site for $25 (12 and under are free).
The Autism Ride was launched in 2018 by Laurent Chapdelaine. The ride was created to raise awareness and funds to ensure people with autism have access to recreation and leisure. Over the years, they have raised over $400,000, and this year they hope to break their fundraising record. They've already sold out their raffle tickets.
For more information, visit https://stamant.ca/events/ride/.