It's hard to start, because I have so many people to thank, and would like to try and do it properly.
We raised $18,173. A huge thanks from the kids, parents and volunteers from BC Children's Hospital.
My personnal goal was to raise enough to get every kid out of the hospital for one weekend this summer. We did that, with a bit more for some of the programs they need to make their lives a bit brighter.
I think we're a group of people who know better than most how much hospitalization sucks! And we can identify with needing some fun too.
I have to start with my Brothers on Midlife Crisis Racing, for their support, and Henk and Patrick for the donation of the Grand Prizes. Everyone says this will be tough to follow!
Of course an empty Shark Club wouldn't be much fun, so the same huge thanks to everyone that showed up. Also, those that couldn't but fired off a few bucks via interent, or bought tickets anyway. BCSB is a huge part of the crowd, so thanks to those that showed up, and thanks to Adam for letting me abuse the site for the cause.
To the BCSB members who grabbed tickets, fired off emails, and put up posters, thanks, a few emails tells me it makes a difference. Same goes for VROM, my Pacific Riding School students and fellow instructors, and well as the great folks at West Coast Superbike School. And Jason (Spiderider) for the poster, and Tony (Thumper8) for pictures.
And the WMRC members, past and present, who donated prizes makes up most of the list. One more reason why I say motorcycling and racing has introduced me to some of the best people you'll ever meet. They're all on the shaw website if you're curious.
I would like to point out the OPP's generous donation put us over the $18,00 mark a few days ago. They join the list of people who go above and beyond. They join Midlife Crisis Racing, PRS, WCSS, WMRC, VROM, Bitchin'Gear, Tap-Moto Leathers, Imperial Motorcycles, Essential Motorcycle Services, Daytona Motorcycles, Motovan, Carter Honda, Pazzo Racing and Swan Charities.
Not so strange that people involved in the riding community also sponsor this site. I have to start with Bill and Dave from 5thGear. They worked facebook, spread the word, and donated a great pile of swag. Also, Cassells Insurance, and Burnaby Kawasaki.
I'll put all this together some night on the shaw website, with a bunch of pictures. Right now it's time to get outside, I've had enough computer time to last me until next March!
So, all in all, a grand success. Thank you very much.
See you next year.
p.s. I think it should be noted we had a lot of fun doing it!