Just got home from my volunteer weekend. I was on the Motorcycle Safety Crew, along with 18 other bikes/riders. Our volunteer time started on Fri. afternoon, and was all day Sat. and Sunday.
"The Weekend to End Breast Cancer" is a 60 km walk, over 2 days, and monies raised are for breast cancer research and cancer research in general. There were about 2,000 walkers, and hundreds of crew volunteers, who raised 5.5 MILLION DOLLARS. The job of the motorcycle safety crew was to make sure that the walkers were safe at all major and some minor intersection crossings. All the motorcycles were decorated with pink ribbons, bows, pom-poms, etc. It was kind of amusing to see some harleys dressed up in pink ribbons and bras, haha. If you saw us on the road, you wouldn't have missed us!!!
Man, what an amazing event!!! The walkers were fantastic, and they really appreciated the job we did to keep them safe. Many people pushed through their pain to complete the walk. There were also many walkers who have survived breast cancer, some recently recovered, who were out there putting one foot in front of the other. It was very inspirational, and even got me choked up a few times!!
At the end of the walk, there was a big reception for walkers and volunteers at the plaza of nations, with family and friends in attendance. Speeches, congratulations, and lots of good vibes all 'round.
For next year, even more volunteers will be needed, to better attend the intersections. So, if you think you would like to get involved, and believe me, if you do you will not regret it, contact the BC Cancer agency or PM me. I have already signed up for next year, and am looking forward to it. I made some friends this weekend, people from all walks of life, and riding all kinds of bikes, working together to help others. What a feeling!!!