The Rolling Barrage is wheeling in

By Geoff Lee

June 14, 2017 3:02 PM

CARING WHEELS The Rolling Barrage motorcycle ride across Canada to raise funds and awareness of PTSD will roll in and out of Lloydminster Aug. 15-16. Any civilian can join a part of or a whole of the ride. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Lloydminster will be a key stop on a cross-Canada motorcycle tour in August, to raise funds and awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Rolling Barrage is a 15-day coast-to-coast ride from Aug. 5-20 to be hosted by Military Minds Inc., a non profit B.C.-based group.
The Rolling Barrage is in support of veterans and serving members, as a show of strength and unity to conquer the stigma of combat PTSD.
The Hampton Inn and Rock Creek Tap and Grill will host in-bound and outbound riders in the Rolling Barrage ride on Aug. 15-16.
“We’ve got a large parking lot there; logistically, it is a great location,” said Brett Gale, the Alberta coordinator who is hoping local riders will sign up for the 264 kilometre Lloyd to Edmonton leg.
“Right now, we’re looking at 20 to 30 riders,” he said, noting he has contacted Bordertown Harley Owners Group president, Murray Getty for support.
“He’s helping me get set up because one of their members is also a staff sergeant with the RCMP Detachment there,” said Gale.
He is hoping for a police escort for the arrival and departure of the Rolling Barrage entourage.
Riders will roll into the city on Aug. 15 from Regina.
Gale said when they leave Lloyd the morning of Aug. 16, they may swing south to the legion in Wainwright for lunch with Camp Wainwright military.
When they arrive in Edmonton, there will be entertainment at BlackJacks Roadhouse & Games Room.
Jasper will be the last stop in Alberta, the only province with three travel stopovers.
The full ride from Newfoundland to Victoria B.C. will help Military Minds to maintain a peer based support network, that enables at-risk people to receive the care and attention they need.
“The trip is designed for people to pick parts, as much or as little as their schedules will allow them to pick,” said Gale to make it affordable.
“A lot of hotels are giving good discounts and prices.”
Gale is a former avionics technician on Sea King helicopters, currently stationed at 4 Wing Cold Lake.  He found out about Rolling Barrage through his former Sea King navigator and good buddy, Rob Truscott in Edmonton.
“We sailed together as part of a Sea King detachment in Victoria,” said Gale.
“He got me involved with the organizing side of things.”
The link was made through Truscott’s association with Military Minds’ president, Scott Casey, who took up the cause to fight PTSD.
“It was something that just spoke to me,” said Gale, who recently lost a friend taking treatment for PTSD in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
“He was seeking treatment for PTSD and was actually killed as a result of a hit and run accident while he was at a hospital there.
“This is a good opportunity for me to try and get some more awareness.”
Rolling Barrage is open to all civilian riders to show support for our troops and first responders dealing with PTSD.
Riders and sponsors can sign in at the Rolling Barrage website.
The event is named after the rolling artillery barrage Canadian-led forces used with success at the battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago during the First World War.
That rolling barrage of fire allowed the attackers to walk up the hill under its cover and take control within a short timeframe.

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