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SxS and ATV Poker Run riders back the hospital build

At the Millennium Trail entrance off Lake Street in Picton, from left, are: Brad Thompson and Rick Insley with the Prince Edward SxS/ATV Riders; Mayor Steve Ferguson; Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign chairperson and Pat Maloney on behalf of the Millennium Trail. Briar Boyce photo

The Prince Edward Side-by-Side (SxS) and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riders presented $3,160 to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) – raised during a trail ride.

On June 3, 120 people on 57 machines took in the pretty views, fresh air, and adventure of the County’s Millennium Trail while raising funds to Back the Build for the new County hospital through a poker run. An additional $1,377 was donated to the municipality for upkeep of the Millennium Trail.

Launching from the Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton, riders travelled west along the Millennium Trail to Carrying Place and back. For $40, riders purchased and collected cards along the way.

“On behalf of the foundation and the Campaign Cabinet, I would like to thank those who participated in this inaugural poker run. Your support makes a big difference and helps us get one step closer to making our new hospital a reality,” said Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign chairperson. “Third-party fundraising events, like this one hosted by the Prince Edward SxS/ATV Riders is a shining example of how community organizations can turn good fun into big impact.”

“Because our area is so rural, an ATV Poker Run is a fundraiser we thought many people would enjoy,” said Rick Insley, event organizer on behalf of the volunteers. “The Millennium Trail is over 40km long, and the ride gave riders an opportunity to go out and enjoy the beauty of our County. We would like to thank the participants of the event who enjoyed such a beautiful day with good friends old and new. Thank you to everyone for your contributions that will Back the Build for our new hospital and help with the Millennium Trail’s upkeep.

Plans for a second annual poker run are in the works. Details will become available on the Prince Edward SxS/ATV Riders Facebook page at @PrinceEdwardSxS/ATV Riders.

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