The Estevan Bikers Against Diabetes (BAD) members will host two events this year, in their continuing effort to assist children and families coping with diabetes.
The first event will be the Get 'Em Out and Show 'Em Off social and barbecue on Saturday, May 17 at the Estevan Walmart parking lot. The event has traditionally been held as an opportunity for local motorcycle riders to get their bikes out midway through spring, and to socialize and make friends.
The other event will be their rodeo on Saturday, June 7, in an area that BAD members have christened as Stanley Park. It's located off of Route 605, north of the junction with Highway 18. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
There will be an assortment of motorcycle games for rodeo participants, and there will be a show-and-shine. Event spokesperson Keith Irvine said that a people's choice award will be handed out through the show-and-shine.
Belt Drive Betty, a motorcycle enthusiast who hails from Grande Prairie, Alberta, will be at the rodeo. She operates the Busted Knuckle Chronicles, an electronic magazine that promotes motorcycle events across Canada.
The Canadian Diabetes Foundation's Clothesline Truck program will be at both events, so people can drop off clothing for diabetics.
The bulk of the proceeds from the BAD crew's efforts will be used to send local children to a Camp Diabetes site. Thanks to the funds raised last year, they sent four children to a youth camp near Watrous, and a family to a camp at Arlington Beach.
“We doubled that from the year before,” said Irvine.
They also support other community causes with funds from the rodeo.