Add Police Escort PLUS over 200 bikers = $50,000 raised for Lansdowne Children’s Centre

Add Police Escort PLUS over 200 bikers = $50,000 raised for Lansdowne Children’s Centre

Add Police Escort PLUS over 200 bikers = $50,000 raised for Lansdowne Children’s Centre

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It’s for the kids! And you may have heard over 200 bikers roar through Brant with a police escort on Saturday. All to help the kids.

These bikers told me their hearts were warm despite the frigid wind and occasional puddles dodged…

Over 2000 children are served by Lansdowne Children’s Centre each year and so many people make this happen: from staff to administration; parents an grandparents; caregivers and neighbours. There is another group who step up to the plate, donors. Whether it is philanthropic folks from the community, sponsors or a cast of hundreds of motorcyclist enthusiasts, they are equally focused to make a difference. One of the former group is Bob Caissie, owner of 24 Culligan Water franchises across Canada, and a Brantfordian. He and his wife Janice made a decision over thirty years ago when he was starting out in his marriage to give back for the exemplary care the Ontario system gave in their own lives  with their own children. And it seems to never end. The Lansdowne Charity Motorcycle Ride is his vision and has brought thousands of bikers into the fold supporting Lansdowne. Over the past 13 years it is estimated this single event has brought in over $400 thousand and this year is no exception with another $50,000 announced on May 12th designated to the Every Kid Counts program. Bob has confided that he intends to exceed that next year as a personal objective. His other fundraiser that has benefited Lansdowne is The Great Northern Ride whereby hundreds of snow-mobilers have participated in trips across the trails raising money to the tune of $2.5 million. Bob and Janice want to exceed over $3 million total for both events by this time next year. He knows it takes the work and donations of many so he gives recognition to the many participants.

One of these angels for the kids is George Nevens. At 73 years, George has 29 grandchildren, 2 great-grandkids and two more ‘on the way’. Children mean a lot to him and he was struck with one particular young lady, Avery, who is helped by Lansdowne.  He sees her at least once a week and is smitten by her positive attitude, and willingness to overcome adversity. Bob is a relatively new biker but immediately took ownership of the fundraising challenge. Everyone he met was approached  to help and over the past five years alone has raised over $35 thousand. He was named the recipient of ‘The Bob Caissie Award’ for his ongoing dedication last year. This year George continues to excel and has raised $7500 for the Lansdowne Charity Motorcycle Ride. 

George and Avery

Even Batman is there for Avery and Mom Michelle

The many sponsors were recognized on the banner on the entertainment stage.

Strodes BBQ provided the riders with breakfast and lunch.     


Go to Facebook 4BRANT images of the bikes passing the starting point
and other photos of the event.

John Bradford

John Bradford

It is time to fill the void as a result of Brant News closing. Online...free...no flyers delivered... I'm ready. I have been in media for over 50 years: Television Broadcasting; Print Investigative and Photo Journalism ; a VERY brief turn in Radio; Cable Television; and now publishing a live Digital News Platform. My community board contributions have covered: Health Care (BGH, John Noble Home and Lansdowne Children's Centre); Post Secondary Education; Special Olympics, Sports Council; Victim Services; Rotary; and Physician Recruitment Task Force. Married with 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, one great grandson and one step great grandson. My spare time passions include professional and amateur photography, soap stone carving, writing, travel and scuba diving as a Dive Master. Finally, I have served as a City Councillor for 4 years and as a community advocate/consultant for residents and local business for 8 years since then. Join us in sharing stories 4BRANT

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