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Bike ride keeps daughters memory alive


Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to acknowledge our fellow bikers, friends, businesses and the general public, following the third annual 'Johanna's Memorial Ride the Boot'.

Editor;
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to acknowledge our fellow bikers, friends, businesses and the general public, following the third annual 'Johanna's Memorial Ride the Boot'.
After our daughter, Johanna, was killed in a car accident three years ago, we found ourselves doing many things we would likely never have dreamed of doing. The building of 'Johanna's Day Spa for Kids', the organizing of a local bereaved parents' support group and then there was the Heritage Riders' Motorcycle Association.
The first organizing meeting in Garnish, Reuben wasn't going to take on a position, just to help get it started. He came home with a title - president.
In August 2005, about 25 bikes from the area did the ride around the boot and stopped off in Garnish at our shed, next to what was to become Johanna's Day Spa for Kids. We had homemade burgers on the barbecue and a donation tin.
These generous bikers left about $500 in that tin.
In 2006, the official Johanna's Memorial Ride the Boot kicked off. The approximately $3,000 built a washroom facility for the park named after our daughter.
In 2007, and again this year, the charity was Daffodil Place. Proceeds last year to Daffodil Place amounted to $7,500. We have not yet finalized the numbers for 2008, but we will exceed last year's amount.
The annual ride is sponsored by the Heritage Riders Motorcycle Association. There are many people who make the ride the success it has been. Bikers, biker friends, the people who donate monies, prizes and those who put their time into helping make it happen.
We want you to know how much we appreciate all the work and the participation of our fellow bikers, who travel from across the province to be with us and allow us to keep Johanna's memory alive and in her name make such generous donations to a charity.
A special thanks to the Heritage Riders themselves.
Barbara and Reuben Noseworthy,
Garnish

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