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Each year, 500+ riders on sport bikes, cruisers, tourers, choppers, customs, scooters, trikes and rat bikes come out on the last Sunday in May for B.A.D. Ride in support of Distress Centres. We hope you’ll consider joining us! Our Vision is to ensure that every individual in need receives life-sustaining emotional support.

B.A.D. Ride 21 is on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. It kicks off at Markham Fairgrounds, weaves through Ontario backroads with a suggested route designed by motorcycle enthusiasts, has a midway stop, and returns to an after-party where registered riders will enjoy a BBQ lunch, live entertainment, swag, contests, exhibitions, a silent auction, give-aways, VIP upgrades and the opportunity to win this year’s grand prize - a 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail® Street Bob®!

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B.A.D. RIDE 21 DETAILS

Date & TIME:

MAY 27th, 2018 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

LOCATION:

MARKHAM FAIRGROUNDS
10801 McCowan Rd, Markham, ON L3P 3J3

Registration DETAILS:

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE OR VIA MAIL! DETAILS ARE INCLUDED BELOW.

NOTE: RIDERS AND PASSENGERS NEED TO BE REGISTERED SEPARATELY.

 
 
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100% of the monies raised by B.A.D. Ride participants will continue to support ongoing services and new initiatives provided by Distress Centres that build both individual and community resiliency. Each year we depend on the generousity of our B.A.D. riders to help us ensure that our services remain accessible. We greatly appreciate the support and because of B.A.D. ride, incredible impact has been made in the lives of those who are at risk and their most vulnerable in the community

 
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For 50 years, Distress Centres has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals in our community at risk and their most vulnerable. We are Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency.

Our crisis and emotional distress services are available via hotline, online chat, and text. We also offer face-to-face individual as well as group support and counselling to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or homicide and are navigating the aftermath.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Softail® Street Bob®

Every registered rider, passenger or participant gets a chance to win the Grand Prize! Registration details are below - Please scroll down!

Once you have registered online, via mail or in-person you will automatically receive two (2) raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets will only be available for purchase on event day (May 27th, 2018) at the B.A.D. Ride 21 event for $10 each. 

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Raise or donate $1,000 &
receive a Premium Grill & Chill package

A premium Weber portable charcoal grill, perfect for apartment courtyards, beachside barbecues, or picnics. 

  • Voted best portable grill by reviewed.com & a consistent 4.5 stars of 5 or higher with numerous retailers!
  • Glass-reinforced nylon handle withstands the elements for the life of the grill
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
  • Compact 14-inch diameter cooking grate
  • Heavy-duty plated steel cooking grate

A cookbook full of original recipes!

  • 120+ recipes with photos
  • Extensive step-by-step instruction
  • Experiment with the spices and global nuances that are shaping what we make on the grill
  • Learn the tried-and-true methods of traditional barbecue from accomplished pit masters
  • Explore how notable chefs are putting a new spin on the classics

A 7 piece Deluxe Soft Grip Handle Barbecue Tool Set

A complete grilling tool set for your next cookout, grill delicious kebabs, burgers or sausages, baste anything including your cooking grids with the easy to clean silicone basting brush. Soft grip handle tools with stainless steel blades. The set contains a turner, locking tong, silicone basting brush and 4 stainless steel V shaped skewers.

  • 7 piece grilling tool set
  • Soft grip handles
  • Includes tuner, locking tong, silicone basting brush, 4 stainless steel v shaped skewers.
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As always, we will be having a kickoff partY! Registered riders, passengers or participants are welcome to attend!

If you have not yet registered by the time of the party you can do so at MAINs MANSION in-person - Please make sure to bring your $75 registration fee!

Date & TIME:

THURSDAY, MAY 24th, 2018 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm

LOCATION:

Mains Mansion, 144 Main Street, Markham, ON
2nd floor/upstairs

REFRESHMENTS: 

Free appetizers, tea & coffee.

Additional food or drinks can be be purchased by those attending if you're in the mood for something in particular! 

LIVE MUSIC:

Stay tuned!

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PAT GONSALVES!
MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE - CLASS OF 2017

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Pat has donated countless hours as a volunteer working with numerous motorcycle charity rides including M.C. work for the B.A.D Ride, Motorcycles for Myelin and the Ride for Sight. has also been Master of Ceremonies for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction events in Ontario as well as Vancouver and Edmonton. For over 25 years, he was the MC for the MAX Awards, and countless Show Bike Awards shows at the Motorcycle Super Show and Spring Show. For five years spearheaded the Masters of Mosport and Motorcycle Road Racers Reunion event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in conjunction with the Superbike Doubleheader weekend. The event celebrated some of the great racers and champions who had raced at the track going back to the 1960’s.

Pat worked alongside Craig Hill as host and play by play announcer for the Castrol National Superbike Series travelling across Canada to almost every road race track. For many years Pat worked alongside Colin Fraser as the host and play by play announcer for the CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship broadcast on TSN.

Currently Pat heads up the announcing team for the annual CSBK Superbike Doubleheader weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, is the lead announcer at Daytona for the Daytona 200 and Fall Cycle Scene races and continues his support of many motorcycle charity rides and events.

 
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All riders, passengers and participants must register separately. You can register for B.A.D. Ride 21 online by: 

  • Creating your online fundraising page.
  • Submitting your $75 registration fee through your fundraising page

Once we have received $75 online you will automatically be registered for B.A.D. Ride 21! 

Important note: All online donations will appear immediately on your fundraising page. If you are also collecting donations via pledge forms - We will add the donations from your pledge forms to your online fundraising page once we have received them via mail.

 
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All riders, passengers and participants must register separately. You can register for B.A.D. Ride 21 via mail by:

  • Sending in the below registration form to Distress Centres c/o B.A.D. Ride 21, Box 243, Adelaide P.O., Toronto, ON., M5C 2J4. 
  • Submitting your $75 registration fee with your registration form (as detailed above)

Registration forms & fees must have a postmarked date of May 19, 2018 or earlier in order for you to be registered via mail.

Additional pledge forms can be sent at a later date if you're pre-registering or sending in your registration form & fee to meet the required postmarked date! Please remember: All mailed pledge forms must have a registration form accompanying them that is inclusive of your (the fundraiser’s) details regardless of being registered online – This ensures all of your pledges are allocated to you.

If you would like to register after May 19th, 2018 - Please do so online or at the event itself on May 27th, 2018 at the registration table.

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Registration
& PLEDGE Form

PDF Version

 
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Every B.A.D. Ride collection tee purchased helps to support Distress Centres and the meaningful work that we do to help individuals at risk and their most vulnerable in the community. Your generosity allows us to continue life-sustaining work.

  • $35 provides 1/2 hour of crisis line service
  • $70 provides 1 hour of crisis line service
  • $100 trains 1 crisis line responder or suicide loss/homicide loss grief facilitator
  • $1320 provides 1 day of crisis line service
 
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN GET INVOLVED IN OR SPONSOR THE 2018 EVENT, PLEASE CONNECT WITH TALIA BY FILLING OUT THE BELOW FORM.

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FAQs

Registration

How do I register?

See above in the "registration" section!

Do all passengers/guests have to register?

All passengers/guests are welcome & do not need to register. However; without registering they will not be able to eat and participate in activities or receive a meal ticket. When a passenger or guest registers they will receive all the same great stuff the rider does, including T-shirt, bandana and a ticket for the grand prize draw!

What if I miss registration & want to register the day of the ride?

No problem! You can register on May 27th, 2018 between 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at the Registration Desk at Markham Fairgrounds.

 

The Event

Can I join the fun if I don't have a motorcylce? 

Yes. Anyone raising $75.00 or more can participate in all of the activities of The B.A.D. Ride, including the draw for the Grand Prize! There is parking for other motor vehicles at both the start and end venues and we'd love to have you join us!

Can I bring my children with me? 

Registered children are most welcome at the event! Please note that no special arrangements have been made for children who attend and their safety is the responsibility of their parents or guardians. There is no reduced children’s admission fee. The cost of registering a child is $75, and he/she is entitled to all of the food, gifts and draw tickets provided to adult participants.

When does the event end?

The event ends at the destination point, the Markham Fairgrounds, and will wind down just after 4:00 p.m.

Will alcohol be served at the event? 

No, alcohol will not be served or permitted at the activities associated with the Ride grounds at the end venue. It's important to us that all riders do not drink & ride out of concern for each of your safety.

 

Fundraising

How can I send in early funds? 

We suggest directing your donors to your personal fundraising page. It allows them to make a donation online & will make your experience as seamless as possible. If you'd like to send in cheques or cash or mastercard/visa details to Distress Centres, you may send in your funds raised & pledge forms to the following address:

Distress Centres
Box 243, Adelaide P.O. 
Toronto, ON M5C 2J4

Will each donor receive a tax receipt? 

Online donations will receive an immediate electronic tax receipt. Distress Centres will mail an official charitable donation tax receipt for all other donations of $20.00 or more. It is important that each pledge form be fully completed. Please also ensure that all names and addresses are NEATLY PRINTED so that the receipts can be properly processed and mailed to the correct recipients.

Will I, as the rider, receive a tax receipt? 

Only if you personally have donated $20.00 or more. The individual who actually makes the financial donation is the one who get the official tax receipt.

 

The Ride

What happens to the ride if it rains?

The will take place rain or shine. We have plenty of covered vroom! There are indoor facilities at the Markham Fairgrounds that can contain all of the activities. Feel free to come to the party even if you are not going to ride.

How long will the ride take?

The suggested route will take a leisurely 3 hours or so to complete.

Is it possible to register after 9:45am on the day of the ride?

Yes. Registration will be open at Markham Fairgrounds (the official start) until 9:45 a.m. and there will also be a registration booth at the destination point, the Markham Fairgrounds, from 1:15 p.m. until the event is officially over.

How will I know the route if I miss the 9:45am start?

The suggested route will be supplied at registration. There will be extra copies of the route available until 10:30 a.m. for late arrivals. The route is fully marked with directional signs.

Must I take the entire suggested route, or can I take one of my own?

You can take any route you want, including parts of the signed B.A.D. Ride route, to the Markham Fairgrounds. Please keep in mind, if you do not leave from the start venue, the registration at the end venue destination will not be open until 1:15 p.m.

 

The Prizes

Do I have to be there to win the grand prize? 

You sure do!

When will the grand prize winner be drawn?

The grand prize draw is scheduled to begin just after 4:00 p.m. at the destination venue, the Markham Fairgrounds

How can I increase my chances of winning?

Fundraise! The more donations, the greater the number of draw tickets! 

Who is eligible to win?

All Eligible registered riders and passengers / guests must be present at the time of any draws. The announced Grand Prize ticket must be presented by an eligible person as defined below to the authorized B.A.D. Ride official conducting the draw after the ticket is drawn and the number is announced AND BEFORE another Grand Prize ticket is drawn. The following people are not eligible to win the Grand Prize: Distress Centres' current directors, officers and employees, B.A.D. Ride team members (including persons who were team members within the last three years) and B.A.D. Ride current sponsors (and their representatives), their respective immediate families (parents, children, siblings and spouse) and any person living in the same household with any of those individuals (whether related or not). The Executive Director of Distress Centres shall apply the eligibility criteria above to decide whether the individual presenting the announced Grand Prize ticket is eligible to win the Grand Prize. The Executive Director's decision is conclusive, final and binding for all purposes.

Can I pick up my prize at a later date if I can't take it home the day of the ride?

An alternate pick-up site with convenient access dates/times will be arranged for larger items that cannot be transported by motorcycle on the day of the ride. We'd be happy to help!