Good thing Morley Ramsay of Three Hills was at the 29th annual STARS Ride-a-thon on Sun., Aug. 12.
His survival story gave a sharper focus to why 152 riders and horses, trailers and trucks flooded the TL Bar Ranch, east of Trochu on Hwy. 585. A head-on collision left Ramsay near death in 2011.
“It is so good to be alive today,” he said in his remarks at the rider recognition ceremony. “STARS is an incredible service and it’s possible because of your continued support. I would not be here if not for STARS. I hope you never need it, but it’s there if you do.”
In addition to silent auction donations from nine communities, a poker rally and quilt raffle, riders from four years of age to 90 years of age participated.
Organizers report $47,000 was realized by the day-long event.
In its 29-year history, the ride has been responsible for $800,000 being raised for STARS.
Rumsey’s 83-three-year-old Ernie Goddard, for example, assembled nearly $9,000 in pledges. This Ride-a-thon has been going for 29 year and Goddard hasn’t missed one. Other top senior riders included Lynn Tanner and 90-year-old Marvin Donaghy.
Between them, junior riders Rylee Jones, 11, Chesney Anderson, 6, and Easton Comte, 4, raised $6,669.