Autism Ride organizers thank community (photo gallery)

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Images from 2021 Ride for Autism, August 28, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

“The funds are still rolling in, pun intended”

This is according to Jamie Boston, organizer for the 2021 Ride for Autism which took place this past Saturday, August 28.

Boston and a team of volunteers arranged the event which launched from Strathclair Park. The route took them out to Searchmont, through Goulais, past ARCH and out to Gros Cap before finishing at the Esquire Club.

However, before any of the ride could happen, they invited the Algoma Fallen Riders to read their names and hold a ceremony before the ride got started.

For the Fallen Riders, it was bitter sweet to be invited to take part and conduct a ceremony at the memorial before so many bikes hit the road.

“This is a place you can come and sit and think about your loved ones who have passed on due to motorcycle accidents, or members of the riding community who have passed on from other causes” said an emotional Karen White, spokesperson for Algoma Fallen Riders. “We take this time to reflect and remember.”

Historically, the ride has brought in around $10,000 for the Algoma Autism Foundation but because of changes this year, doing it by donation only, Boston was unsure if they would reach that amount.

“Little Bear” a young man who is diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum, and the event grand marshal gave the command “Riders start your engines” shortly after the ceremony and they were off.  Boston would like to thank the community for their support Saturday.

“I’d like to thank area residents for their patience as we moved about and more importantly to the ones who honked, waved pulled over and most importantly stopped and showed their respects” said Boston.  “To (the) ride supports and families who lined the roadways all over town, it sure tugs on the heart strings!”

SaultOnline was proud to be able to show most of the event live to our Facebook page, the video can still be seen there.

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