Second Ride of Respect honours frontline workers

Motorcycle riders saluting frontline workers - May 30/20 (Photo courtesy of David Burrows)

The second annual Ride of Respect will be held Saturday afternoon.

Beginning at 1 p.m., over 100 motorcyclists will ride 50 kilometres through the City of Sarnia to pay their respects to frontline workers.

Organizer David Burrows said they’re supporting another great cause as well.

“We’re actually going to be accepting donations for the Ohana Landing youth transitional housing facility in Sarnia,” said Burrows. “If people are interested, they can reach out to me by email at david@tvsn.ca and I can tell them how to send in a donation. They can also visit our website at www.rideofrespect.ca.

The route will pass by Sarnia Police and OPP headquarters, fire halls, Lambton EMS, Bluewater Health, Lambton Public Health, the arena vaccination clinics, as well as all long-term care homes.

“Take videos and pictures, and smile and wave when we go by,” he said. “We’re going to be driving respectfully and slowly through the city and we just want everybody to know we’re out there and we want to give our respect to so many people coming together in the community.”

Burrows said they’ll also be driving by the Aamjiwnaang Band Office to show respect for the remains of 215 Indigenous children found buried in a mass grave at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

The ride serves as a reminder that motorcycles are on the road, and to keep an eye and be safe when driving.