Coast to Coast Ride / Soldier On Fundraiser

Discussion in 'Canada' started by xxDUFFYxx, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. xxDUFFYxx

    xxDUFFYxx XR1200 Rider

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    I've been trying to get in contact with the legion and have thought about reaching out to some veterans MC's and groups but haven't approached any yet. Waiting for some things to fall into place then I'll put up the page . Thanks for all the support so far.
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  2. wos

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    might be worth contacting the veteran affairs office as well.
    The Alberta rep for the legion comes up to Cold lake every few weeks. I'm sure he runs into the base in Edmonton as well. Maybe the Jr ranks mess, WO/ Sgt's or officers messes might be worth talking to, might get you some contacts with others that would like to help.
    just had a thought, Gord Steinke of Global news Edmonton is an avid rider, Harley's and a KTM (which he tried to get to Inuvik on) might be interested in talking to you. He is very active in the local charity rides and never misses a chance to talk bikes on the air. Hell, it would be worth it just to get a closer look at Carol Anne.:evil
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  3. squad314

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    I'm in Saint john NB and support you 100%. When you are in my neck of the woods and there is anything you need, I'm your guy. I rode my Fatboy from Vancouver Island to home in 2000 and it is a trip I have always cherished. I'll be keeping a sharp eye on this thread but in the mean time please reach out if there is anything you need in the prep phase.

    :beer
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  4. Dan Alexander

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    Get a waterproof suit like an Aerostitch and goretex gloves and boots. Also an electric jacket liner and heated grips. All can be bought used in the flea market or ebay. I'll go with the full face helmet and earplugs idea as suggested, it's a long ride. Don't make those miles miserable ones.

    I remember way too many cold wet miles till I finally smartened up. On my first cross continent trip it was really hot in the east so I figured I'd just wear my jean jacket. That didn't turn out well :eek1
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  5. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    If you're not getting any joy from HD try contacting the dealers near bases directly. Be very specific what you're looking for from them, ie a support in the form of inkind donation such as an oil change or tires, also offer them something in return such as conducting an interview at their shop with the local media and ensure you give them a plug for their support.

    Most bases have riding clubs as well, you should be able to coordinate something through them to get more exposure.

    Could also find out who is running the rider training programs on your route and see if there is a angle there. They get exposure to potentially bring in more new riders.

    Finally try contacting the Legion, could be a good a source of ideas.

    Be prepared for "thanks but no thanks". No big deal, everyone has the right to say yes or no to an idea and it isn't a judgement on the value of what your're trying to do.

    Parting thought, $1/km is nice but round numbers ie $20k as a specific goal helps others visualize what the end state needs to be, also you're going to have to educate people on what Soldier On is and does.

    Good luck and great riding, ensure you record the trip in print and pictures. If nothing else there is value in it for your but who knows where the journey and story will take you.

    Have a Royal trip, Pro Patria. :D
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  6. xxDUFFYxx

    xxDUFFYxx XR1200 Rider

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    Thanks for all the tips , I've tried repeatedly to contact the Legion and my local HD and Deeley HD . The local HD dealers weren't interested and haven't heard a thing from the Legion or Deeley. My biggest thing is getting some support for basics like parts and equipment/ gear , most places won't even bother with a reply . So finding some sponsors from businesses would really help with the costs of things . $1 per km is just an idea I hope to raise more .
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  7. wos

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    have you tried other brand dealers? Riverside in St albert and Alberta cycle seem like the stand behind the troops and don't seem to be overly brand-centric.
    Rudy Sr. at Scona cycle might be worth talking to as well. He is as true to the spirit of ADV riding as your likely to ever meet.
    You might also get some better responses from other Harley dealerships out of town. Lloydminster has a decent one and the ones in Calgary might be more friendly as that city is still proud of its military heritage.
    While I'm thinking of Calgary, the museum of the regiments (or whatever its been bastardized into since the PPCLI left) might have some contacts.
    The military police relay ride website might be worth a visit as well. http://www.mpnmrr.ca/
    funds go to the MP blind kids fund, they might be willing to help you with a contact list or base support (free room and board while near a base)
    When they came through last year it was quite the parade. lots of local riders joined in for a short run and were brought up on the base for a little welcome ceremony.
    You should reach out to the oilpatch as well. Cenovus energy has a lot of ex military higher ups and have proven to be very generous locally here in Cold Lake.
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  8. Bill 310

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    I understand the issues facing returning forces personnel,more importantly a group of us are involved in an organization to sue the Federal Government regarding the New Veteran's Charter.

    http://equitassociety.ca


    You are going to need some better kit for the trip, and a couch surfing plan to let you stay for free across the country.


    What are your sizes, a lot of us have great gear just lying around unused due to sizing issues. :rofl

    Is there a way we can ship stuff to you via the forces i.e. base to base.
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  9. xxDUFFYxx

    xxDUFFYxx XR1200 Rider

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    If anyone has contacts please forward my information , in retrospect I might have been better off choosing a different motorcycle for this trip with a company that would be more supportive but as it is and the thousands I've invested into this trip I'm going with the XR1200 , I'm not against working with any business . Things are slowly progressing and I secured some funds towards the costs of the trip and now will be fundraising primarily for Faces of Freedom which provides support to wounded combat veterans . My best friend MCpl Adam Cyr who was severely injured / nearly died and lost his right leg among many other injuries and 3 section mates were killed instantly after being hit by an anti-tank rocket in Afghanistan in 2008 is my partner in this fundraiser.

    He is folding his small organization " Operation Good to Go" into it as a Canadian chapter although they are already a US / Canadian organization . Ultimately we decided that Soldier On isn't a good fit as it's a Federal Government run organization and it doesn't seem right to ask people to donate to the Government as we pay taxes for programs along with too much bureaucracy involved . Faces of Freedom and Wounded Warrior.org are more grassroots and are a better fit I feel.

    Here is some info on the organization :
    http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/support-group-helps-war-vets-with-post-traumatic-stress-1.518236
    http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/media/deltanews/110926-veterans.php
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  10. outbacktaz

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    I didn't notice if you've mentioned Facebook anywhere...

    But an active group on FB is Canadian Heroes.

    They're starting to get leverage in Ottawa, and are very much involved out East...

    Here's their link: Canadian Heroes

    If you drop by Cold Lake, @ the other end of the 28, let me know!! We'll join up for a ride!!
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  11. xxDUFFYxx

    xxDUFFYxx XR1200 Rider

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    Things are coming along , spoke to a very large motorcycle distributor this morning about sponsorship (MoCo). So hopefully the come on board as it would be a huge help . Still working with my other organizer hammering out the logistics which are huge for this trip.
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  12. Antennas

    Antennas Been here awhile

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    Do you have a route or dates yet?
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  13. xxDUFFYxx

    xxDUFFYxx XR1200 Rider

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    Will be leaving the beginning of June , first heading up to the Yukon via Grand Cache + Hwy 93 then back down to Vancouver and staying mainly on near main highways across Canada . Will post more info and my website and facebook page which I plan to keep updated when I have it done . I plan to post my route and location throughout and have a gps tracker I'm gonna try to integrate along with twitter/ website , FB and other things . Still need gear , tires and a few parts hopefully from some sponsors . Looking at different options for riding gear and luggage , that and camping stuff. I got my suspension done by one of my sponsors and now have high performance shocks and forks . The MoCo has seemed to have lost my email ...

    Big things are happening with the main organization I'm fundraising for Faces of Freedom Canada with Winnipeg Blue Bomber QB Buck Pierce becoming the official spokesman ( Go Riders ) along with them expanding which is good.
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  14. Galaxy Pallets

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    Hey Duffy, good work brother. I've been in the CAF (YUP, we got the A back in the CF) for 32 years now. Have been heavily involved with R and D for survival gear for both the Army and Air Force so know a few folks. I can spread the word of your endeavour to these folks if you wish. Also I can make calls to all the bases along your route to try and secure free R&Q. No promises as you have been around and you know how quickly the door gets slammed shut. I know of the individual who was a pioneer of the wounded warriors, I can try to contact him on your behalf if you wish also, mimd you I bet you already know who he is and probably have already contacted him. Anyhow if your travels take you through Barrie there's a room, meal, drink and garage awaiting you.
    Any help required PM me.
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