Island motorcyclists raise over $60,000 for the Children’s Health Foundation on Vancouver Island

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Motorcyclists from across the island took part in a nine-hour endurance event to raise money for Vancouver Island’s Children’s Health Foundation.

Hosted by Higgy’s on the Track, the event took place at the Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit in Duncan on Sunday.

A total of 45 drivers from 15 different teams took part, with more donations being collected with every lap completed.

Event organizer Mark Higginbottom says motorcyclists in the community want to end their season on a grand scale.

“It’s the end of the season, we thought let’s do something really cool and give back to the community,” Higginbottom said. “We just thought that the Children’s Health Foundation is doing such an amazing job that we considered giving back.”

The event brought together riders of all calibers including Steve Crevier from the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Although Crevier hadn’t raced since retiring in 2013, he decided to attend the event because his close friend told him to try again.

“You know, he says you’ve been out too long, and I say ok,” Crevier said. “You get that time off, injuries are starting to set in and you kind of feel good. It’s like stretching out your wings and learning to fly again.”

It’s the thrill of the sport that drives riders like Crevier to take part, but even more so when it’s for a good cause.

Most motorcyclists drove between 120 and 170 kilometers per hour.

Event organizers say nearly $60,000 was raised and hope the number will grow to around $70,000 over the days.

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