Military Police riding across Canada to support blind children
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017
OTTAWA - They began with back tires in the Pacific and end with front tires in the Atlantic.
The annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay (MPNMR) began July 31 in Victoria, British Columbia, as riders started a relay across Canada to raise funds for visually impaired children.
The MPNMR is the world’s longest annual motorcycle relay, travelling more than 10,000 kilometres from coast to coast with stops at Canadian Armed Forces establishments and points of interest along the way.
About 300 riders will participate, each driving a leg of the relay - some for a day, some for a province and some from coast to coast - as the Relay makes its way across the country to arrive in St John’s, Newfoundland, on August 23.
Founded as a way to build camaraderie between Military Police motorcycle enthusiasts, the Relay is now open to anyone, military or civilian, who wishes to ride. Since 2009, the Relay has raised more than $480,000 on behalf of the Military Police Fund for Blind Children and other charities.
“The Canadian Forces Military Police take pride in leading this annual relay that has contributed so much to helping meet the needs of visually impaired children in Canada,” said Brigadier General Robert Delaney, Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Commander Canadian Forces Military Police Group. “Each year, thanks to the contributions of people across this country, the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay helps improve the lives of visually impaired children and their families.”
All fundraising efforts of the 2017 Military Police National Motorcycle Relay will be directed to the Military Police Fund for Blind Children.
The Military Police Fund for Blind Children was founded in 1957 and specializes in assisting visually impaired children up to the age of 21. The fund is operated entirely by Military Police volunteers and has no paid employees. All funds raised are used to benefit visually impaired children.
Stops along the relay include: Victoria, Squamish, Kamloops, Golden and Jasper in British Columbia; CFB Edmonton and CFB Cold Lake in Alberta; Dundurn in Saskatchewan; CFB Shilo in Manitoba; Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, CFB Borden, CFB Trenton and Ottawa in Ontario; CFB Valcartier in Quebec; CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick; Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island; Halifax in Nova Scotia; and Gander and St. John’s in Newfoundland.
“It’s an honour to lead the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay,” said Petty Officer Second Class Tony Brooks, National Chairperson for the Military Police National Relay. “This is an experience that is unforgettable as a Canadian and a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. I am filled with pride when I think about the work we are all doing to raise funds for visually impaired children everywhere.”