Military motorcyclists help blind children

Several participants are not even members of Canada's armed forces

Owen Edwards (l) of Victoria

Owen Edwards (l) of Victoria

Clearwater-Vavenby Legion Branch 259 once again stepped forward last Friday and contributed $250 to the Military Police Fund for Blind Children.

Legion vice-president Calvin Lutz made the presentation during a visit by about a dozen participants in the seventh annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride.

The group was on its way back to Victoria after escorting to the Alberta border at Jasper four motorcyclists who are riding across Canada to Gander, Newfoundland.

Since its inception in 2009, the ride has contributed over $200,000 to various charities, primarily the Military Police Fund for Blind Children.

Despite its name, the ride is not just for military police. In fact, several participants are not even members of Canada’s armed forces.

The B.C. contingent started in Victoria on Aug. 2. They stopped in Squamish, Kamloops, Golden and Jasper before passing through Clearwater on their way to 100 Mile House for the night.

After that they were to make their way back to Vancouver Island and then home.

Those who continue across Canada will take about a month to make the trip. Their route covers about 11,000 km and includes a number of diversions to take in major bases such as Cold Lake, Alberta, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Two of the cross-Canada riders are the parents of Owen Edwards, the leader of the B.C. contingent. They will be using the trip across this nation to complete a “Four Corners” tour of North America, which includes Nova Scotia, Florida, Tijuana in Mexico, and Victoria, B.C.