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Bikers come together against diabetes

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Jaqueline Cyer attempts placing tennis ball on a pylon. There were many activities that motorcyclists participated in the annual BAD Rodeo on June 7. (Photo credit: Mackenzie Hientz)

The Bikers Against Diabetes (BAD) annual rodeo on June 7 at the Stanley Park field northeast of Bienfait brought hundreds of people together to support children battling diabetes.

The event raised about $3,600 to send local youth and families to camps operated by the Canadian Diabetes Association (CAD).

Overall there were 220 people that came out to the event, which included 100 bikes that were entered in a show-and-shine, according to BAD spokesperson Keith Irvine. Rick Foster won the People's Choice Award in the show-and-shine, as his Von Dutch custom motorcycle earned the most votes.

Bikers throughout the southeast attended the event, and the motorcyclist that traveled the furthest was from Saskatoon.

Irvine was also really pleased with the amount of support shown for the event.

“There were so many people that just rode in on a motorcycle and said ‘Is there anything we can do to help?’” said Irvine.

Throughout the day, there were 10 motorcycle games for people who brought their bikes. Prizes were given out to the winners of each contest.

There were also four games that the crowd could participate in.

During the rodeo, the Estevan Family Resource Center organized activities for the “critters corner,” such as face painting.

A live auction and a silent auction were also part of the event. Among of the items available included a framed picture and a Bikers Against Diabetes t-shirt that was autographed by the Count’s Kustoms crew motorcycle group, which sold for $300, Irvine said.

The CDA’s Clothesline Fill A Truck was in attendance, and they were accepting clothing donations.

The weather on June 7 was beautiful, and Irvine said that made it easy for motorcyclists to jump on their bikes and ride to Stanley Park for the event.


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