Healthy Living in the North

Interview with Ride for Dad’s Charles Brunette

Ride for Dad

Raising funds for the fight against prostate cancer.

The Northern BC Ride for Dad was founded in October 2010 in order to raise awareness, educate and raise funds for prostate cancer research. I recently talked with one of the organizers, Charles Brunette.

Can you tell me a little about the Ride for Dad campaign?

The Ride for Dad campaign is a way of raising awareness and funds for research and treatment of prostate cancer. We have a dedicated group of 11 individuals who plan and organize the events during the course of the year and on ride day, in excess of 50 volunteers come together to support the cause. So join us on ride day and help us raise awareness about prostate cancer. All the money raised stays local.

Can you tell me, Charles, what inspired you to start the Ride for Dad campaign in Prince George?

I lost a close friend to prostate cancer a while ago and decided I would try and do something about it. I contacted Ride for Dad, which has campaigns in 31 cities throughout Canada, and started a chapter here in Prince George for northern B.C. The campaign raises funds through many initiatives but ride day is our major fundraiser with registration, souvenir sales and a poker run.

What’s the poker run?

A poker run is an event where participants, usually using motorcycles, must visit five to seven checkpoints drawing a playing card at each one.

The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.

Where and when is the next event?

Saturday June 15th 2013. Registration is 9a.m. to 10:45a.m. and the ride departs at 11a.m.  sharp. There is also a pre-registration on Friday, June 14 at 7p.m. to 9p.m. All events are centered at the Kinsmen Hall in Prince George.

The parade starts at the Kinsmen Hall and returns for lunch and then we do the poker run which of course raises the money. The turnout is pretty decent with around 150 riders last year and this continues to build yearly.



Charles, I used to have a 50cc Honda – would I have been able to join? People used to shout “hair-dryer!” when I zoomed past them. It was so fast it once threw me over the roof of a car when it refused to brake. Luckily the car wasn’t harmed.

Well Jim you would be welcome but you might have trouble keeping up with my wife – her bike has 1800cc!

Perhaps I could tie a rope onto to her back seat!

Actually we are not just looking for riders – everybody is welcome to participate and help raise money for the cause. You could become a ride champion and raise funds that way. I can’t emphasize enough how important that is.

Charles what is the most important message that you would like to get across in this interview?

The most important message that I have to give is this: Men, get checked. It’s a simple test, takes very little time and early treatment has a good outcome. I know men don’t like going to the doctor. I only went because my wife put some pressure on me but really there is no good reason for us men not to have the test.

For more information about joining the event as a rider or other check out the website and make this year’s event even better. It’s a good cause.

Jim Coyle

About Jim Coyle

Jim is a tobacco reduction coordinator with the men’s health program, and has a background in psychiatry and care of the elderly. In former times, Jim was director of care at Simon Fraser Lodge and clinical coordinator at the Brain Injury Group. He came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland 20 years ago and, when not at work, Jim plays in the band Out of Alba and spends time with his family.