Ride for Cure draws strength from bikers

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PICTOU — It was a rewarding day on Saturday for cyclists and motorbikers to raise funds and awareness for Type I diabetes.

Twelve cyclists and 52 motorcycles were registered for the 2019 T1D Ride for a Cure that was based along the Pictou Waterfront.

The event featured raffles, music, refreshments and a table displaying information about Type 1 diabetes.

“It’s really great to see the community come together for Type 1 diabetes,” said Tanya Poulton, senior peer-to-peer community engagement co-ordinator for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Canada’s Nova Scotia branch. “I hope we can build the cycling portion for this.”

Leah Sutherland is into her fifth year co-ordinating the local ride. She has one daughter who has had Type 1 diabetes since she was 10 and another who underwent a test that showed she does not yet have diabetes. However, she appreciates how she can support the cause by riding her motorcycle.

“I love this (riding a motorcycle),” she said. “This has been my thing since I was 23.”

Tony Corbin from the Pictou County Cycling Club led the cyclists on a loop that began heading out of town along Braeshore and along Three Brooks Road and back to Pictou.

The motorcyclists’ options included riding to River John and Tatamagouche along the Sunrise Trail before heading inland through The Falls, Balmoral Mills, MacBain’s Corner, West Branch and back to Pictou.

Jim Worthen was among members of the Kat Sass Motorcycle Club who took part in the event.

“This is our fifth year,” he said. “The bike community is small, but it’s fun to get together and help a good cause. We rode 70 kilometres and it was a beautiful day for it.”

Addison Snell, 12, took advantage of the event by offering some her art for sale and giving the proceeds to the cause. She lives in Hardwood Hill, and her 16-year-old sister Emily has had Type 1 diabetes for three years.

“I’ve been doing art forever,” she said. “I always loved to paint. I wanted to help out.”

Total funds raised from all sources were still being tabulated, but Sutherland estimated the event raised about $7,000, which included $83 Snell raised from the sale of her paintings.

“I was really touched by it,” she said of Snell’s gesture.

Future JDRF events include the Truro Walk on September 28.

Addison Snell shows examples of her art that she was selling to raise funds for the T1D Ride for a Cure. (Goodwin photo)