Two-wheeled Samaritans help those in need

By Geoff Lee

June 16, 2016 12:00 AM

Tom Armstrong and Megan Olson rode to Edge Harley-Davidson in Lloydminster for a BBQ Friday as a part of a Saskatchewan Ride for Dog Guides fundraiser.

Lions and bikers and dogs, oh my, they all came together for a great cause

Lions and hawgs commingled contently once again over common ground.
Lloydminster Lions Club hosted a barbecue last Friday at Edge Harley-Davidson to welcome motorcyclists from Saskatoon on a fundraising ride for dog guides.
The day trip to Lloydminster by a small group of riders was one of five days of rides in the province in 2016 in support of the Lions Foundation of Canada’s dog guide program.
“It cost about $25,000 to train a dog so the funds will go to that purpose,” said Vic Juba, president of the Lloydminster Lions.
Each year, the Lions Foundation holds dog walks and rides across Canada for raise money to breed and train service dogs in Oakville Ont.
Funds raised go directly to the operation of the dog breeding, puppy fostering and training to help people with everything from vision and hearing loss to autism and diabetes.
The Saskatchewan ride is the only one west of Ontario and is now into its fifth year.
Five riders set out from Saskatoon passing through the communities of Outlook, Rosetown, Biggar and Unity on route to Edge Harley Davidson.
“They have been really supportive,” said Juba.
“It makes our job easier.”
Clint Rabb who co-owns the dealership with his wife Beatriz said they were just glad they could help out.
“We always like to help out with anything to do with motorcycling,” he said.
“This was a great run and project going on—anytime we can be part of something like this we’re all for it.”
After spending the night in Lloydminster, the riders had planned to leave the next morning from the Husky truck station on 44th Street for North Battleford.
“They’re making people aware of the Lions Club foundation that provides these service dogs to people with disabilities with no cost to the people,” said Juba.
“As of now over 2,300 people have been fortunate enough to receive a dog that becomes their service dog.”
Leading the pack on the fundraising ride was Tom Armstrong representing the Millennium Lions Club in Saskatoon.
“What we’re doing is going around and visiting clubs all around the province and five days of riding,” he said.
“It’s a very good cause and I believe it very deeply and it’s important to a lot of us here.”
Armstrong noted a couple of riders backed out with a forecast of rough weather, but he said the group was thrilled to be in Lloydminster.
“Of course, I have a closer affiliation with the Lions club in Lloyd and I never pass up an opportunity to come and see my friends,” he said.
Armstrong added the interesting part is some of the people who rode with him aren’t Lions, but they’ll ride and raise funds.
“We’ve raised lots of money and every year we buy a dog in the club,” said Armstrong.
Armstrong drives an ‘89 Kawasaki and joked that’s why he was afraid to pull into the Edge Harley parking lot.
“She’s got some personality and I love it,” he said about his bike.
“Maybe some day I’ll make that move to a Harley.”

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