By Alec Connor, Co-op Student with the Guard –
Members of the 2018 Military Police National Motorcycle Relay (MPNMR) arrived in Ottawa on August 13, 2018; the 16th day of their 27-day ride across Canada that raises money for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC).
Founded in 1957, this charity specializes in assisting visually impaired and blind children, with all funds raised used to help those children. Founded by Colonel James Stone, former Canadian Army Provost Marshal, whose daughter Moira suffered from blindness, the MPFBC is the only military charity in the country, and it is run and managed by Military Police volunteers.
“Thanks to the amazing efforts of our Military Police community, we continue to make a difference in the lives of visually impaired children. This year’s 10th Annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay is an impressive milestone and testament to our solidarity across Canada,” praised Brigadier-General Simon Trudeau, Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Commander Canadian Forces Military Police Group.
The motorcyclists started their trip in Victoria, British Columbia on July 29, 2018 and have covered about 6000 kilometers so far. Approximately 300 Military Police and civilian riders are participating, joining for one or more legs of the journey. The relay covers over 10,000 kilometers and will finish in St. John’s, Newfoundland on August 24, 2018. It is the world’s longest annual motorcycle relay. Since its founding in 2009, riders have raised over $600,000 for the cause, travelling across the country with stops at CF Bases, Legions, and dorms.
To learn more about the MPFBC or donate to it, please visit their website.
Photo: Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen archives
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