2019 Military Police National Motorcycle Relay is crossing Canada July 25 - Aug 22
Posted on Thursday August 8, 2019
OTTAWA - The 2019 Military Police National Motorcycle Relay (MPNMR) riders have embarked on a coast-to-coast ride which will include 19 overnight stops and many transitory stops in communities across Canada to fundraise for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children.
National riders started in Victoria, British Columbia on July 25 for an excursion through the Canadian Rockies, Prairies, Central and Eastern provinces and Atlantic Canada.
Joining the 2019 MPNMR for one or more legs of the journey are approximately 300 members and veterans from the Military Police community and civilian riders.
The relay covers over 10,000 kilometres coast-to-coast and finishes in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador on August 22.
“Thanks to the dedication and will of our amazing Military Police community, we continue to make a difference in the lives of visually impaired children,” said Brigadier-General Simon Trudeau, Canadian Forces Provost Marshal. “2019 marks the 11th Annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay which has become a significant national event and major contributor to the Military Police Fund for Blind Children – I applaud the many volunteers and thank you all for your support which directly translates into the provision of equipment, services and life-enhancing experiences for visually impaired young Canadians.”
The MPNMR is the world’s longest annual motorcycle relay, and it has raised over $600,000 for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children since starting in 2009.
“It takes a lot of preparation by our devoted volunteers who have again this year done a great job,” said Major Dale Troia, National Chairperson for the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay. “I’m proud to be involved with the MPNMR for a fifth year and honoured to have taken on the role of chair. The riders crossing our magnificent country know this is a worthy journey because, as a team they are committed to helping visually challenged children receive services and support as a result of fundraising.”
The fund itself was founded in 1957, and Military Police members, both former and currently serving, as well as other CAF members volunteer to operate it.. Visually impaired children up to the age of 21 can be eligible for the funds raised.
You can follow the MPNMR on Facebook and consult the relay schedule.