The 25th Annual Fall Color Ride for the Children’s Hospital began on Saturday in Hully Gully in southwest London Ontario.
The annual motorcycle ride raises money for the Children’s Health Foundation to support the Children’s Hospital at the London Health Sciences Center.
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To date, more than $ 265,000 has been raised to support Children’s Hospital London and the families and initiatives it supports.
“It’s a bunch of like-minded drivers banding together for a good cause,” said Hully Gully salesman Paul Goldsmith.
Drivers left Hully Gully at 12 noon and drove to the original Hully Gully location in Varna Ontario before returning to business.
“I come out every year, regardless of whether it is a beautiful or a dark day and the commitment of the equestrian community“Said Scott Fortnum, President and CEO of the Children’s Health Foundation.
“There are many great charities in our community, but I know firsthand the difference the money that goes to the Children’s Health Foundation makes.”
Fortum said last year 100 percent of the equipment bought for the children’s hospital came from donations like those from Hully Gully.
Supporting fundraisers like this one has also helped families like two-year-old Nour and Jenna.
After she was born in London Children’s Hospital, Nour spent 95 days and Jenna 114 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Nour’s mother, Shereen Ahmed, and Jenna’s mother, Yussra Atta, say their two daughters became good friends while they were both in the neonatal intensive care unit.
“They are a great organization and our girls wouldn’t be here without them,” said Ahmed.
“They definitely helped us become family and make new friends and our girls wouldn’t be here without them and the way they have grown and developed is thanks to them (Children’s Hospital),” said Atta.
Anyone who would like to support the fundraising campaign can find a link here online.
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