Hundreds of bikers gathered at Highland Ford on Saturday for the sixth annual Algoma Ride for Autism.
This ride brings the biker community together to raise awareness and donate money for autism while doing something they’re passionate about – riding their motorcycles.
Ride organizer Jamie Boston said he’s been involved with the ride since its inception six years ago.
He said he came up with the idea for the ride because he has a son on the autism spectrum. He decided on a bike ride because of how supportive the motorcycle community is in the Sault.
“The motorcycle community in Sault Ste. Marie is extremely supportive and generous, so it was a great way to get everybody together to support a good cause and raise some awareness for autism in our community.”
Boston said the turnout each year has been very good; usually over 200 bikers come out to ride.
“The motorcycle community is great,” he said. “They may look mean, but deep down they all have big hearts and they all know why they’re here and we appreciate all of the support.”
Boston said the ride usually raises $10-15 thousand, all of which goes to the Algoma Autism Foundation, which he says is 100% local and 100% volunteer.
“All the money that we raise stays in this community to support families and people on the spectrum.”