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SxS/ATV Poker run a win for hospital build

Pictured on the site of the new hospital from left, are: Brad Thompson with the Prince Edward SxS/ATV Riders; TK Roach, co-owner of Canadian Tire Picton; Rick Insley with the Prince Edward SxS/ATV Riders; Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation; Addilyn, Shannon Collins with the ROC Youth Services, Olivia, Mayor Steve Ferguson and Briar Boyce, senior development officer with PECMHF. Tanya Moore photo

Prince Edward Side-by-Side (SxS) and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riders presented $3,600 to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF).

Last month 90 people on 80 machines took in the County’s pretty views, fresh air, and adventure and raised the funds to Back the Build for the new County hospital during their second annual poker run. In two years, this event has raised $6,260.

An additional $735 was donated to both theROC Youth Services (formerly Recreation Outreach Centre) and the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program.

“Because last year’s Poker Run was so successful, we knew people would return to support this worthwhile cause,” said Rick Insley, event organizer on behalf of the volunteers. “The poker run allows riders to go out and enjoy the beauty of our County. We want to thank the participants who enjoyed such a beautiful day among friends, the Picton Firefighters Association for hosting the barbecue lunch, and everyone who contributed sponsorships and prizes that will Back the Build for our new hospital.”

Launching from the Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton, riders travelled to Monarch Point at Point Petre. For $40 riders purchased and collected cards along the way.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s poker run. Your support makes a big difference and helps us get one step closer to making our new hospital a reality,” said Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “Third-party fundraising events, like this one hosted by the Prince Edward SxS/ATV Riders, are a wonderful example of how community organizations can turn good fun into big impact.”

Plans for a third annual event are in the works. Details will become available on the group’s Facebook page at @PrinceEdwardSxS/ATV Riders

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