The biggest motorcycle ride on Vancouver Island will help with the battle to fight prostate cancer by supporting the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live happening on Sunday, Sept. 12. (Black Press file)

The biggest motorcycle ride on Vancouver Island will help with the battle to fight prostate cancer by supporting the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live happening on Sunday, Sept. 12. (Black Press file)

Vancouver Island is revving up for the 12th Annual Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live

In support of Island Prostate Centre

The biggest motorcycle ride on Vancouver Island will help with the battle to fight prostate cancer by supporting the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live happening on Sunday, Sept. 12, which starts and finishes in Mill Bay.

“Prostate cancer affects one in nine men. If you look around your circle of family or friends, everyone has been impacted by this disease. Our centre receives no government or health authority funding but reaches out and helps over 3,000 men and families in our community every year. An event like the Ride to Live has a huge impact on our sustainability and allows us to provide help to everyone who needs it,” said Leanne Kopp, executive director of Island Prostate Centre.

The Westcoast Motorcycle Ride To Live Vancouver Island is back with a live event, but they’ll still be following important COVID protocols. Masks will be encouraged, and they will have plenty of handwashing/hand sanitizing stations. They will do whatever they need to do to bring the riding community back together in the safest way possible, they said in a press release about the event.

“COVID-19 did not stop men in our community from being diagnosed with prostate cancer,” the release said. “Island Prostate Centre hosts this annual event to raise the critical funds to support men and their families who need our help navigating the uncertainty of a prostate cancer diagnosis. Funds raised for Ride to Live are allocated towards IPC’s programs and services and all funds raised stay on Vancouver Island.”

Island Prostate Centre is a local, grass roots non-profit organization which has a respected history in supporting men and their families dealing with prostate cancer through free supportive care programs and services. This is the 12th year for this unique annual fundraising event that will be held during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as Island Prostate Centre celebrates its 20-year anniversary.

Event Details:

• The Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live is on Sunday, Sept. 12.

• Start time is 10 a.m. at Enrico Winery in Mill Bay.

• The Ride also finishes at Enrico Winery with closing ceremonies scheduled for noon.

• Following a 90-minute route around the picturesque mid-Island, riders will be offered tasty food from local vendors, and a unique photo booth where they can have a picture taken with their ride for a $20 donation.

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