Annual Motorcycle Ride For ROSSS Taking Place Sat., June 15 In Manotick

By Melissa MacIsaac, Rural Ottawa South Support Services

The engines will be revving, the spirit of charity is high, and the open road beckons. It’s time once again for the annual Ride for ROSSS, a poker-run charity motorcycle ride through the picturesque landscapes of rural Ottawa south. More than just a thrilling ride, this event is a vital fundraiser for vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities, as participants rally to raise funds for ROSSS.

On Sat., June 15th, 2024, riders will gather at 1096 Bridge Street, Manotick, Ontario, eager to embark on this noble journey. The day kicks off with registration at 8 a.m., accompanied by steaming cups of coffee and refreshing treats, setting the stage for a day of camaraderie and compassion. With registration fees at $30 and $20 for additional riders, every dollar raised is to support seniors and adults with disabilities in our rural communities, through the vital work of ROSSS.

The scenic route winds its way through the country charm of rural Ottawa south and surrounding communities, offering riders not only the thrill of the ride but also the opportunity to make a tangible difference. Poker run stops along the way add an element of excitement, culminating in a grand finale at Lagois located at 5921 Prince of Wales Dr, North Gower, ON. Here, riders and BBQ attendees alike will enjoy a well-deserved lunch, entertainment, and the chance to win exciting prizes. The lunch is provided by the delicious Smokin’ R&R’s bbq truck where everyone can enjoy a selection of either pulled pork, beef brisket or pulled chicken sandwiches paired with some delicious poutine and salad. Beverages and desserts will also be available. Live entertainment from the incredibly talented Brie- find her first single on Spotify Gabrielle Salmon!

Not a rider? Still want to support? Join us for the BBQ! Tickets for $25 each. We would love to see you there to enjoy good food, live music, raffles and silent auction and GOOD FUN!

At the heart of this unique event lies the mission of ROSSS – Rural Ottawa South Support Services. Dedicated to providing affordable, quality health, and social programs, ROSSS is a lifeline for older adults, adults living with disabilities, and their caregivers in rural communities south of Ottawa. From transportation and meals on wheels to in-home support and caregiver assistance, ROSSS offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Last year’s Ride for ROSSS set a fundraising record of $10,000, providing 150 essential rides for vulnerable rural seniors to vital medical appointments. This year, organizers are determined to surpass that milestone and make an even greater impact on the lives of those in need.

But Ride for ROSSS is more than just a fundraiser; it’s a symbol of community solidarity and is a testament to the power of individuals coming together to create positive change, one mile at a time.

As registrations open for the third annual Ride for ROSSS, organizers urge motorcycle enthusiasts and philanthropists alike to join this noble cause. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a novice, or just want to come for the music and food-there’s a place for everyone at this incredible event. Registration will be available day-of at ROSSS office 1096 Bridge Street, Manotick.

So, dust off your leathers, fuel up your bikes, and join us on June 15th as we Ride for ROSSS – because every ride counts, and every dollar makes a difference. Together, let’s turn miles into smiles and rev up support for those who need it most.

To register or purchase BBQ tickets, please visit ROSSS website at or call Melissa at 613-692-4697 x 236. We hope to see you there!