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‘Himalayan Ride for Shelter’ raises $132,000 for charity

Participants in the Himalayan Ride for Shelter returned triumphant from India, having experienced the motorcycle ride of a lifetime and raising more than $132,000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

In exchange for experiencing some of the country’s most scenic and breathtaking roads, riders also encountered traffic jams like no other, animal crossings that led to hours-long delays, treacherous passes, and long, hot, challenging days on the bike that pushed them to their limits.

“This was a bucket list trip for me that I was delighted to share with absolutely amazing people for an incredibly important cause,” says the trip’s lead organizer, Thomas McPhail, with Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty. “I am extremely proud of the riders who gave their time and money to come on this adventure and immensely grateful to each and every person who donated.”

The 13 riders who participated came from communities across Canada. Money raised will benefit the local women’s shelter of each rider as well as national programs aimed at preventing domestic violence. Each rider paid their riding and travel costs.


Back row, from L-R: Debbie Leah, Anthony Boos, Royce Finley, Ken Morris, two local guides, Thomas McPhail, two local guides Front row, from L-R: Phil Soper, Karen Boos, Brad Johnstone, Melanie Pearce, and Chris Pitman. Not pictured: Val Brooks, Lee Wigboldus, and Ahmed Helmi