Souris was the first check stop on the annual Alzheimer’s Society Motor Cycle Ride Poker Derby thatbegan in Brandon August 18. A hearty pancake breakfast kick started the morning followed by a poker
derby, motorcycle games, awards, prizes and a delicious BBQ dinner to wrap things up.
This was the twenty-third anniversary of the event that saw approximately 100 riders taking part. The Derby lets bikers drive close to 300 kilometres around Westman, picking up poker cards at each location.
Each rider gets one poker hand for every $25 raised. In addition to Souris, bikers made stops in Virden, Kenton, Rivers and then back to Brandon.
Event Coordinator Whitney Strachan says the ride now only helps support the Alzheimer Society, but serves as a spot for local bikers to reunite. "Many people make this their ride for the year, and will get to see everyone and hang out," she explained.
All funds from the event will go to the Alzheimer Society, which then goes to programs and services and family members or individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia.