ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
Milton, Ontario Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.)

Milton, Ontario Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.)

August 17, 2009 10:14 ET

Harley Heroes Ride Again in Support of Kids With Challenges

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - Dozens of gleaming chromed and custom-painted motorbikes will rumble into view as the sun rises over Mississauga this coming Sunday, for the best ride of the summer - and anyone with a lust for motorcycles is invited. It's the eighth annual Charity Run for ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, an annual rite of Mississauga's summer as the men and women of the Milton, Ontario Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) do their summer ride-a-thon to raise money for children with challenges.

"For the eighth consecutive year, these staunch supporters of ours will kick-start their bikes to help keep our Independent Living Program running," said ErinoakKids President and CEO, Bridget Fewtrell. "Their support for the children is as solid and beautiful as the bikes they ride. We never cease to be impressed with their commitment to these kids."

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development cares for children with disabilities in Peel, Halton, Dufferin and for some of its many programs, Wellington and Waterloo - so support from Milton H.O.G., with members from Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Guelph, is a natural link. "We know some of their programs get government funding," said ride chair Clayton Shold of H.O.G. "But the ErinoakKids Independent Living Program lives on donor support, so we ride for them every summer. We are thrilled to support the ILP and these special young people."

When client children of ErinoakKids reach 19 they are no longer eligible for care at a Children's Treatment Centre. The Independent Living Program teaches them to care for themselves and tackle life as adults. Skills like cooking, banking, navigating public transit and taking charge of their own lives are taught in a two-week program that is not funded by government, so it relies on donor support. One of its strongest donors: the riders from Milton.

"The ride takes us down the Niagara Escarpment and finishes up at the Mohawk Inn in Campbellville, for an afternoon barbecue and outdoor party," said Shold. "It's a great ride and a great cause, and I invite all the bikers out there to come join us on Sunday August 23rd."

The Run is open to any motorcycle rider, on any make of motorcycle. Registration is $25 or $100 in pledges (www.miltonhog.com/erinoak) and media are welcome to attend this remarkable photo opportunity, and talk to the men and women of H.O.G. Come learn about their absolute determination to never let down the children they've taken to their hearts.

The action starts at Jacox Harley-Davidson, 2815 Argentia Road in Mississauga (between Winston Churchill and Erin Mills Parkway, south of Highway 401) at 10:00 a.m. August 23. The afternoon party is at the historic Mohawk Inn, 9230 Guelph Line, just a half-hour from Toronto off exit 312 from highway 401.

For ride details and photos: www.miltonhog.com

Learn about ErinoakKids at: www.erinoakkids.ca

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