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Shediac, New Brunswick to host biker rally

The Shediac Motorcycle Lobster Rally (being held Sept. 4-7 this year)is a special way for organizer, Danny Bourque, to thank the community to that helped him so much he says.

Just about 28 years ago, Bourque was a youth diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare condition where the body stops producing enough new blood cells. Bourque was one of the first Canadians to receive a bone marrow transplant.

The Motorcycle Lobster rally was introduced five years ago, when Bourque and fellow organizer Helen Elliott (who had an aneurysm that kept her from walking for two years) decided they wanted to host an event that sought to recognize how the community rallied around both of them during their health difficulties.

"We decided it was time for me to give back to the community so that's where the idea for the rally came from," said Bourque.

And so a great event was born...

Money raised by the rally goes to the Moncton Lion's Sick Children's Fund, a charity which helps families with seriously ill children by giving needed financial assistance.

Last year about $14,500 was raised for the cause and organizers hope that total tops $20,000 this year. Last year the money helped a child from Sackville, NB who had aplastic anemia.

Highlights of the rally event include a casino and dance under a big tent at Parlee Beach Provincial Park, a burn out competition and a downtown biker party and custom bike display which will shut down Shediac's Main Street on Sept. 5. Bourque said this event is great for the entire family to attend and take part in.

Other events on the rally's schedule includes a poker night, free rounds of pool for registered bikers and a steak or lobster supper.

For more information please visit the Shediac Bike Rally website.

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