|18th Annual GVMC Gord Heppler Memorial Run
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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History of the Gord Heppler Run
Gord Heppler Memorial Run
The Gord Heppler Memorial Run was started eighteen years ago by his wife Jackie Heppler with the sponsorship of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club. The loving memory of her husbands enthusiasm for motorcycling and his love of children led her to start the Run to help those children fighting to have a life free from cancer. Gord was a long time active member of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club who died of cancer on May 21, 1992 at the age of 44.
The first Gord Heppler Memorial Run was held in 1993. There was a good turn out for the first Run and every year the participation has increased. The Run includes a ride through awesome, winding back roads, remote farmlands, and scenic mountains all in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. The ride usually lasts about three hours ending up at a final destination for a barbecue and warm camaraderie. All those who are registered for the Run are tracked as they check in at the check points where they do activities for points towards prizes at the end. If any one does not check in at the end of the Run a round up crew is sent out.
Working with the social workers at the Vancouvers Childrens Hospital Jackie each year designates what that years proceeds from the Run will be spent on. The support of the motorcycling world in the past years has allowed them to purchase home infusion units, portable monitored and metered I.V. machines, T.Vs, V.C.R.s, and videos to help inform the children as to what is happening to them and what is being done for them. They also purchased some entertainment videos to try to help take the childrens minds of their fears and often painful treatments that they must endure.
Thirteen years ago, Jackie was asked by the social workers if the Run would sponsor a Courage Award Trophy which would be given to each child when they had completed their treatment whether that treatment had been successful or not as just facing the treatment takes a lot of courage. They felt that the childrens emotional well being was just as important as their medical well being. Regrettably, not all of the children have survived their treatments but Jackie has been informed that the Courage Award has been displayed at their funerals as one of their favourite possessions and something to represent their lives. Emerson Thomas, the first recipient of the Courage Award is enjoying his thirteenth year of remission from Leukemia. Each year since he received the Award, he and his brother Julian and their mother Sharon Bool have attended the Run. Members of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club take them out on the Run. This involvement with motorcycling, rekindled Emersons Moms love of motorcycling.
The inscription on the Courage Award reads:
B.C.C.H.Oncology Bone Marrow
Transplant Courage Award
For meritorious conduct,
extraordinary valor and conspicuous bravery
You are now a member of the
Legion of Courage.
- The Wizard of Oz
2009, marked the seventeenth Annual Gord Heppler Memorial Run. With the help of the motorcycling public, this years Run raised $17,376.07 which a group of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club presented in person on the Childrens Hospital Miracle Telethon. This brings the grand total raised in seventeen years to $107,055.17.
Current Information on the Heppler Run
18th Annual Gord Heppler Memorial Run
Sign up: $20.00 per person (which includes the barbecue at the end of the Run) from 10:00am - 11:00am at the GVMC Club House - Unit 307 - 9785 192nd Street. Cars are welcome.
There is a prize division for drivers of cars as well as riders of motorcycles and passengers.
Come early (9:00 am) for a GVMC Pancake and Sausage breakfast for $5.00.
Join us for a fun day of riding, meeting new and interesting people, eating good food, silent auction, and draws, live band, and most importantly supporting a very needy and worthwhile cause.
Silent Auction: Some large Ticket Items so use of Visa, Mastercard and American Express will be available.
Raffle Tickets will be on sale at the event. $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00
1st Prize -Three night stay at a Mt.Washington Mountain House Retreat (Sleeps 8) Donated by Humphries Tug and Barge - Value $1000.00
2nd Prize - One Hour Sightseeing Airplane Tour for 3 - Donated by M.C. Welding - Value $300.00
3rd Prize - Queensized Handmade Quilt - donated by Marge Vickers - Value $200.00
4th Prize - Engraveable Gift Item from Trident Key (includes engraving) - Value $50.00
Class B Gaming Event Licence # 22489
All proceeds go to the "B.C. Children's Hospital" to help Kids With Cancer.
**To view pictures of this event please check it out in the Past Events section of this website or the Photo Gallery.
18th Annual GVMC Gord Heppler Memorial Run
The 18th Annual GVMC Gord Heppler Memorial Run held on Sunday May 16, 2010 was a great success. For the third year in a row, we were the recipients of gorgeous sunny weather. The predicted rain may have scared off some riders but even so the 108 riders, 31 passengers, and 4 drivers had a very pleasant day. Again many said that this year's route took them to areas that they had never been before. With riders, passengers, drivers, non-riding participants and helpers there were about 188 people in attendance at the Run. We again had a breakfast, a Ride, a barbecue, silent auction, raffle, and draws for prizes. At the final presentations people from other Clubs promoted their events. Kitty Cheung, a Philanthropy Officer for B.C. Children's Hospital expressed the Hospital's gratitude to the crowd. Thanks to everyone who attended, our terrific sponsors and people who donated without attending we had a very successful event for B.C. Children's Hospital.
Jackie Heppler wishes to thank all of her incredible helpers: the checkers who did a terrific job of processing so many participants, the food crew, the set up crew the day before the event, the people who sold raffle tickets, the people who got sponsors for prizes and silent auction items, those who looked after the silent auction at the event, the chefs for the pancake breakfast and barbecue, and the incredible clean up crew at the end of the event who had us packed up with such efficiency we were done in no time. What an amazing group of people!! This event couldn't happen without you.
Our total dollars raised at the 18th Annual Gord Heppler Memorial Run for B.C. Children's Hospital for Kid's With Cancer was again a very noteworthy sum. The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club presented a cheque on the Children's Hospital Miracle Telethon for $17,864.71 on Sunday June 6, 2010. To date we have raised $124,939.88 in 18 years for B.C. Children's Hospital for Kids with Cancer in memory of Gord Heppler.
First Place Rider - Warner Smith
Second Place Rider - Bob Van Feggeler
Third Place Rider - Rick Lawlor
First Place Driver - Myrna Navabi
Second Place Driver - Jeremy Ashby
Third Place Driver - Kim Knowles
First Place Passenger - Cheryl Orinburn
Second Place Passenger - Dorial Lowen
Third Place Passenger - Sandy Boule
Lowest Score - Carol Hoepner
Mileage Guess - $50.00 was won by Gord MacDonald who guessed 157.4 km for the actual distance of 155.2 km. Gord donated the money back to the event for the Kids.
First Prize - Mountain House Retreat - Marlene Malcortoff
Second Prize - 1 Hour Scenic Airplane Ride - Sue Lipsit
Third Prize -Queen Size Handmade Quilt - Deana Wadsworth
Fourth Prize - Trident Key - His and Her ID Bracelets - Nancy Marsh
For pictures of this event please check in the Photo Gallery.
GORD HEPPLER MEMORIAL RUN 2010
Many thanks to our corporate sponsors:
PLEASE PATRONIZE THESE SPONSORS:
CLEAN FOR YOU CLEANING SERVICES LANGLEY
TRIDENT KEY WILLOWBROOK MALL LANGLEY
HUMPHRIES TUG&BARGE CAMPBELL RIVER
CHARLIE'S MARKETPLACE IGA THUNDERBIRD CENTER LANGLEY
LANGLEY SAFEWAY LANGLEY
ALDERGROVE SAFEWAY ALDERGROVE
BUY-LOW FOODS WHITEROCK
WESTERN POWERSPORTS LANGLEY
M&R SALES SURREY
FREYBE GOURMET FOODS LANGLEY
ORIGINAL CAKERIE ANNACIS ISLAND
PANAGO PIZZA HEADOFFICE ABBOTSFORD
OTTER CO-OP - ALDERGROVE
BARRY HAMEL EQUIPMENT COQUITLAM
NEWLANDS GOLF CLUB LANGLEY
TREV DEELEY MOTORCYCLES BURNABY
CANADIAN BIKER MAGAZINE VICTORIA
MAPLERIDGE MOTORSPORTS MAPLERIDGE
MINUTE MAN PRESS SURREY
HOLESHOT MOTORSPORTS LANGLEY
HIGHLINER CONSTRUCTION LTD. LANGLEY
IDEAL WELDING LTD. ANNACIS ISLAND
COLDWELL BANKER TEAM - WES JAMISON
BLACK PUDDING DELI LANGLEY
METSO PAPER LANGLEY
BARNES HARLEY DAVIDSON LANGLEY
STAMPEDE FEED AND TACK CLOVERDALE
LORDCO AUTO PARTS HEAD OFFICE MAPLE RIDGE
S.C.N. INDUSTRIAL ANNACIS ISLAND
EDMONDS BATTERIES LANGLEY
THE ARTFUL DODGER PUB LANGLEY
VENETIS RESTAURANT LANGLEY
BENT BIKE LTD. LANGLEY
STARBUCKS COFFEE LANGLEY BYPASS
CYPRESS MOTORBIKE SERVICE DELTA
THE FORT NEIGHBOURHOOD PUB LANGLEY
WINDSOR PLYWOOD SURREY
WILLOWBROOK MALL LANGLEY
THE CANNERY BREWING COMPANY PENTICTON
WHEELSPORT CANADA INVESTMENTS LANGLEY
KEY LARGO JEWELLERS LANGLEY
THE GERMAN ADVERTISING ADVANTAGE INC. LANGLEY
LANGLEY UBLAST LANGLEY
TSAWWASSEN MOTORCYCLE SWAPMEET - TODD COPAN
3-D CYCLES ABBOTSFORD
CLEARBROOK YAMAHA ABBOTSFORD
TELUS NETWORK OPERATIONS BURNABY
HALLMARK CROWN STORE LANGLEY
MILESTONES RESTAURANT LANGLEY
WHITESPOT RESTAURANT WALNUT GROVE
EASTSIDE MARIOS WALNUT GROVE
SEMIAHMOO SHOPPING CENTER WHITEROCK
SUPERSPORT MOTORCYCLE WORKS LTD. LANGLEY
HIGHLINER CONSTRUCTION LANGLEY
LANGEY MEADOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
MOPAC AUTO SUPPLIES LANGLEY
ABC RESTAURANT GLOVER RD. LANGLEY
M.C. WELDING LANGLEY
FANCY NAILS LANGLEY
JIMY MAC'S PUB LANGLEY
LIMITED EDITIONS LTD. LANGLEY
AXTON INC. NEW WESTMINSTER
ALOETTE COSMETICS LEE BODNER MISSION
VAN HOUTTE COFFEE COQUITLAM
OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY - WALNUT GROVE LANGLEY
DANIEL'S LE CHOCOLAT BELGE WILLOWBROOK MALL LANGLEY
NEW LOOK HAIR DESIGN LANGLEY
BACK ON THE BIKE RIDING APPAREL WHITE ROCK
DAYTON BOOTS VANCOUVER
OCEAN PARK PIZZA BROOKSWOOD LANGLEY
RICKY'S RESTAURANT WALNUT GROVE
THE KEG STEAK HOUSE WALNUT GROVE
AC AIRWAYS LTD. LANGLEY
JUSTICE INSTITUTE MOTORCYLE TRAINING PROGRAM
DAYTONA MOTORCYLES SURREY
ROADCRAFT MOTORCYCLE ACADEMY SURREY
. ESCENTS WILLOWBROOK MALL LANGLEY
RICKY'S ALL DAY GRILL MURRAYVILLE LANGLEY
MR. LUBE LANGLEY
. NORLANG AUTOMOTIVE LTD.
MANY THANKS TO INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS:
BOB AND MARGE VICKERS
SUSAN AND KEVIN WICKLUND
PAT AND DWIGHT HARRIS
MICHELE AND ALDEN MICHAELCHUK
OAKLAND MOTORCYCLE CLUB
ART AND CHARLENE NENDZA
RICK AND SANDI LAWLOR
GORD THOMPSON & DENISE SMITH
GLEN & DEBRA DICKIE
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