The Inside Ride is back and better than ever!
The Inside Ride is a charity initiative organised by the “Coast to Coast Against Cancer” foundation, a group that has run over 100 Inside Ride events for schools and organisations. A group of volunteers at our school helped prepare for the day, encouraging students (and teachers!) to sign up and raise $50 each to fight cancer. On the day of the event, when Coast to Coast brought in the bikes, the tables and all of the other necessary equipment, we learned that Barrie Central Collegiate had raised over $5,500. 100% of this money will help children “living with and beyond” cancer. Thank you to all of the riders who participated in our event.
All it took was 10 minutes and $50. This is all the riders had to give, but they gave us so much more. They took the time to develop incredible costumes. They took the time to raise EXTRA money. They took the time to encourage their friends to form teams. They worked up a sweat during those 10 minutes, riding their bikes. And if they weren’t riding, they were cheering, loudly. VERY loudly. The enthusiasm in the room was incredible. All that was asked of them was 10 minutes and $50, but they gave us their full commitment, and for that they deserve huge acknowledgement.
Another person whom we need to recognize is Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth. When contacted prior to the event, she expressed her interest in attending. Due to an earlier event going longer than expected, she arrived at Central just after the Inside Ride had finished, but she stayed to thank everyone involved for being part of a great experience. We would like to thank Ms. Hoggarth for the time she took out of her day to visit Barrie Central.
While there are countless other volunteers, riders and school staff to thank, the last person I will mention here is Antonio. Antonio is a young boy from Simcoe County who has been battling cancer. He is also the subject of the event’s dedication. He couldn’t attend the event because he was on his Wish Trip, to Los Angeles for a taping of the Ellen show. From all of us at Barrie Central, Keep on fighting, Antonio. We believe in you.
Finally, thank you again to everyone who was in any way involved with the event. You can be sure that the money raised will be appreciated beyond measure by those who receive it.
by Brendan Sheppard