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HE RIDE 10 YEARS AGO

“No,” said Janz. “Have you?” “How hard can it be?” asked

Smith. Now, says Smith, they know. The Ottawa Police Association

became their first partner. They decided to start with a parade through town. “One police officer showed up,”

says Smith. “It was a cold and rainy day, and we thought that was it. But then people started to roll in, and soon there were 80 bikes. Some we knew; some were from motorcycle clubs. They had all picked up pledges.” On that first cold, wet day, they

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raised $20,000. “We were surprised,” says

Smith. “Then we did a parade through the city, headed up the Valley, went to Cobden for lunch, and came back.” Meanwhile, Janz had left

a message with well-known broadcaster Wayne Rostad. Would he be the Celebrity Ride Captain? “He said yes,” says Janz. “He

has been the Celebrity Ride Captain every year since day one.” Smith and Janz were mighty

pleased with themselves after that first great day. Smith went right

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back to the Police Association. He said they were going to do it again the next year. “We could have bailed, eh

Garry?” Smith asked Janz recently. “But we didn’t heed the warning signs. We just kept on going.” “Warning signs” seem to imply

there would be trouble ahead. There was no trouble: just a huge, even overwhelming, amount of work that kept growing each year. In that first year, Smith and Janz took the money home in a shoebox.

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