603 Netherby Road, Welland, Ontario. L3B 5N7. Canada
Now after its sixth year, the Mustache Ride is established as a Welland County Regular and Annual Ride. it is the longest standing WCMC Charity event hosted by the club.
The Mustache Ride started in 2012, as a fun ride by Jim Stokes who, at the end of the summer, laid out a fun ride for club members and friends, donated some beer and hot dogs and said repay by donating to Movember. We raised $500 !
We went with unusual catchy spelling of mustache and the catchy name for a fun ride.
In 2013, it became a formal ride and the donations grew along with attendance. Our mission has not strayed from the original "A fun ride with very little administration" meaning not a poker or dice run and registration is easy.
We continued donating to Movember until until 2017, our team discussed keeping the money donated local since we really didn't know where Movember funds went, and we didn't hear much from them for our donations.
We chose supporting "Motorcycle Ride for Dad" since the funds support Prostate Cancer awareness treatment and Research in Niagara. It is also a motorcycle event like ours.
In 2017 we offered unique T shirts for sale to help in the fund raising. Our total hit $500 for 2017, and our total since inception was over $15,000!
Ride for Dad made us a Platinum Sponsor, and we have a great partner ship with Ride for Dad.
In 2018 a member of our team was diagnosed and treated for Prostate Cancer (we have team members who have been treated, affected, lost loved ones to Prostate Cancer) and we discussed if there was enough raised we would find a way to "recognize" the great and compassionate care from the Radiation Oncology Department at The NHS St Catharines site.
Through 2018, we had new fundraiser's for the cause A BBQ at Zehr's, a club ride to Boston Pizza, a raffle at the Welland County Speedway races. our total this year topped at $7500 and we opted to make the $1500 donation to Radiation Oncology (December 2018) and in January we will donate $6,000 to Ride for Dad Niagara, to help push their total over $45,000 for 2018!
The Mustache Ride over 6 years now sits at $22,500+!
Our team consists of Club Members, members spouses and volunteers who are interested in the cause.
We have great support from local businesses in the way of cash donations, gift certificates, etc. In 2018 our lunch stop was sponsored by and hosted at Handlebar Hanks Roadhouse in Welland. Billy Bones BBQ (the premier traveling BBQ company located in Fort Erie) graciously donated the delicious ribs for our post ride dinner.
We receive Large support from MLSE, Molsons, IKON marketing, Lapp Cycle, Extra Volunteers are supplied from First Ontario Credit Union "Blue Wave".
The Ride Team is always interested in new members and sponsors.
The 2019 Mustache Ride will be September 15th at the Welland County Motorcycle Club.