Video: Big Rideau TELUS Watercraft Ride For Dad

It’s been a week of ups and downs, as we’ve been very fortunate to have been contacted by some very worthwhile organizations wanting our help in promoting their charitable events. A couple of days ago, we brought to you the heart-wrenching tale of four-year-old Emerson Meredith’s struggle with leukemia and the Van Beek’s Flip for Emerson GoPro Weekend to help offset her surmounting medical costs.

Today, we want to alert to the annual Ride for Dad charity ride happening this July 12, 2014. Targeted at collecting donations for prostate cancer research and education, the Ride for Dad rides (there’s four of them this year) have raised over 13 million dollars to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.

Recently, we were contacted by GreenHulk member “K447” (or Keith), who let us know more about this upcoming Rideau Ferry ride.

He wrote: Each year Ride for Dad, which began as a motorcycle charity event, hosts multiple watercraft charity rides. There are now four in Eastern Canada, including the July 12, 2014 ride I will participate in. Riders are asked to collect donations for prostate cancer research and education. Each year there are more riders and the donation total grows.

The signature moment for the Rideau Ferry ride (named for the launch location) is when all the watercraft and chase boats are collected together in a lock to pass between two sections of the waterway.

Last year there were over sixty watercraft in the lock, perhaps this year there will be more!

The ride itself is done as a poker run with several waypoints. Round trip takes about four hours, maybe five.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian men (I presume the US statistics are similar). It generally affects men over 40. Successful treatment depends on early detection. In the longer term, research into improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention will further improve our capacity to deal with this disease.

The majority of watercraft enthusiasts are male and we are all susceptible to this.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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