Secondary students from across Grey and Bruce gathered at OSDSS in Owen Sound yesterday to wrap up this year's Brendan Rourke Memorial Inside Ride.
The event was preceded by weeks of fundraising and came to a close when all the students participated in 10 minutes of cycling on stationary bikes. Students could be seen in outrageous outfits and costumes. Each student would ride for 10 minutes, the teams with the most spirit, furthest rode and best costumes would recieve prizes at the end.
Community leaders were also present such as Mayor Ian Boddy and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller. Bruce Power was also there and made a $12,500 donation to Childcan.
All donations go towards helping local families who are enduring childhood cancer pay for hospital parking.
Neal Rourke, father of Brendan Rourke, was excited that the event met a big milestone. "We met our initial goal of raising $200,000 in the event’s first eight years and that's thanks to the generosity of the residents of Grey and Bruce." Rourke stated.
Students were dancing and cheering all in support of their peers and those who struggle with childhood cancer. The inside ride was a staple event that both OSCVI and West Hill particpated in before the amalgamation of the two schools into OSDSS.
For Rourke though the students drive the event further forward every year.
"The students this year are the cream of the crop. With them I think we can reach half a million in fundrasing within the next eight years." Rourke said.
Even the Owen Sound Police Department was taking part in the event. Solidifying the event as not just a student event, but one for the community.
We exceeded our fundraising goal of $300 and received more than $500 for our team! This money goes to assist with parking costs for families that have children receiving cancer treatments. APPLAUSE to all of the awesome STUDENTS in our region who rode & raised funds for the kids! pic.twitter.com/9GFfY2w8jy— OwenSoundPolice (@OwenSoundPolice) April 17, 2019
We were honoured to make a cash donation of $12,500 to Owen Sound's Inside Ride care of #Childcan, which provides financial assistance to families supporting children undergoing cancer treatments. pic.twitter.com/RCRcJ3ahPd— Bruce Power NGS (@Bruce_Power) April 17, 2019
WOW 661wks #4kidscancerHospitalParking $29,755.00 raised for @Childcan_ON_CAD . TY @RealSteveRohr @SJAOntario @wilder_drew @globalnewsto @paivathewayCTV @BlackburnLondon @PattiePearn @MartinTruex_Jr @colepearn @Phil4Brant @LarryMillerMP @BenLobbMP @sangita_patel @GreyParamedics https://t.co/6iPt9f5VI4— Neal Rourke (@GOGLD4KIDS) April 18, 2019
#Fact More than 200,000$ dollars has been raised with #TheInsideRide events since it's inception. We are so proud of our community and our police team.... year after year....... #CommunityPartners pic.twitter.com/ipWODFTRXG— OwenSoundPolice (@OwenSoundPolice) April 17, 2019
#BrucePennOPP at Inside Ride with BPDS, supporting Childcan who assists children going through cancer and other diseases. PC Belanger here supporting Alex. Show your support. @theinsideride ^ab pic.twitter.com/SaWKbKsXiD— OPP West (@OPP_WR) April 17, 2019