“Without you, there is no ride,” Algoma Autism Foundation co-founder tearfully thanked the crowd of approximately 200 motorcyclists in an emotional speech before the kickstands lifted on the 7th annual Ride for Autism Saturday morning.
This ride raises money that stays local, helping families and individuals with special needs in the community, and is one that’s close to Boston’s heart.
“My little guy is on the spectrum and we just wanted to do something for the community to help everybody,” he told SaultOnline.
Boston said this event has grown drastically in the seven years since its inception, showing that the motorcycle community really comes together for important causes.
“People just want to help,” he said. “They’re looking for a reason to ride and they know that this ride is 100 per cent local…and that means a lot to them. Every penny of every dollar is spent here, so that’s important to them.”
This year, Boreal French Immersion School held their own version of the Ride for Autism to raise money, where students rode bicycles through an obstacle course, collecting $1,325.71 for this cause.
Vice Principal Davey Taylor, who’s also been a part of this ride for the past few years, told SaultOnline the school decided to do this due to the recent funding cuts the Ford Government has made to autism services in Ontario.
“I thought that with our school we could really do something to make an impact on our community,” he explained.
“Being an educator in our community, I know that with our own families in our school and across the Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma district, it’s important to provide that support. And awareness is a bigger piece too so that people can have more understanding towards people with autism and we just want to support that.”