At their 2019 year end dinner and fundraiser, 97 Riders Motorcycle Association provided a rebuilt wheelchair accessible van for local resident Jeanette Dutton.
“You don’t know how much this means to me, I now have my independence to get around again.” says Jeanette who has been battling Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) for many years and is currently residing in Moberly Lake.
“This is one of the most rewarding giveaways we have had.” says Robby ‘Yoda’ Randell, President of the group. “She (Jeanette) was so emotional and it felt good to help her out.”
The rebuilt van, estimated to be worth about $8,000, was made possible through contributions from Southern Alberta resident Kayla Jaeger and family, local resident and retired firefighter Terry Fraser and Celtic Construction C. Chandler. A special thanks to Arvin Huitema and his team at Minute Muffler & Brakes who donated parts and a thorough mechanical/electrical out of province inspection to ensure the van was 100% road safe.
The 97 Riders have also raised another $1,000 to help a local resident Teressa Van Tassel, who simply needed a leg up and 97 Riders are there for her and her family.
This bike riding association continues to be a reliable contributor and helpful hand in the community. Going forward, the group continues to work toward becoming a registered non-profit association and asks for local support in continuing to help those people directly in need.
For more information, contact Vice President Gordy (Sluggy) Parker at 250-719-8226.