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Bikers Fundraising @ Ottawa, Canada

EMC news – For one Ottawa community service provider, chrome and leather are a must for its annual fundraiser.

The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre’s third annual Cruise Don’t Bruise: Bikers Against Violence fundraiser will take place on Sept. 15. It aims to raise money for the centre’s anti-violence programs.

Geraldine Dixon, a volunteer at the centre who also rides a motorcycle, finds the fundraiser important for both the centre and the motorcycling community.

“It is a good thing when we come together to make a difference. It is about changing one life at a time.” Dixon said. “The biker community really has gotten behind this event and happy to help give back.”

The centre served 1,962 clients between April 2011 and March 2012 through its women and violence program. Although it receives funding from the province and the city, program manager Isabelle Miron said the money raised allows the centre more freedom when it comes to helping clients.

“We are social workers, we want to help the women who need help,” Miron said.

“That is why we need a bit of money to have the freedom to help them, any way we can.”

Last year’s event raised $12,000 and organizers are hoping to raise even more money this year.

“Abuse is on the rise and is happening to everyone,” Miron said. “The spectrum is on the rise and the money is becoming rarer.”

Dixon is excited to participate again this year. She’s been a rider for four years and has found this event is always a great place to make new friends as well as to catch up with old ones.

“The camaraderie spills from the biker community to the centre’s community,” Miron said.

Both women said the best part of the event is seeing the long line of bikers before they take off on the ride.

“It is an impressive sight to see,” Miron said. “People are helping out and it is all so positive and is so great – I am almost in tears thinking about it.”

Dixon invites all riders and their friends to come out to support the fundraiser.

The route starts at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre located at 2339 Ogilvie Rd., travelling to the centre’s satellite location at 1515 Tenth Line Rd. There will be a barbecue after the ride. To register, call 613-741-6025 or visit the centre’s website