Summer – June 21, 2003 – Ride for Sight thunders through the downtown streets
You could hear the roar off in the distance as thousands of motorcycles made their way into Collingwood at 12 noon on Saturday June 21st.
The 25th annual Ride For Sight weekend saw bikers begin to arrive in Collingwood on Friday. You could hear the sound of motorcycles throughout the day as visitors got an early start to the weekend. “We’re here to make sure we get the best camp site” Dennis from Mississauga said. He added that he has been taking part in the ride for 16 consecutive years. One of the weekend’s highlights was the parade of thousands of bikers down Collingwood’s main street.
Early Saturday morning, bikers from all over Ontario met at the Toronto International Centre before heading up Airport Road to Stayner, west to Duntroon and north again to Collingwood to take part in the parade.
Collingwood’s Great Northern Exhibition fairgrounds were turned into a massive campsite for the weekend complete with a concert by Chilliwack and many other special events.
The riders were raising money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Ride for Sight has been honored as the largest private-funder of vision research in Canada. Since the first ride in 1978, 11 million dollars has been raised for vision research.
The Ride For Sight originated in Ontario but now has expanded to all parts of Canada including Inuvik in the North West Territories. Last year riders from Central Ontario raised over $780,000 dollars. This year, organizers hope to raise more than one million dollars.