Montreal Branch of the CVMG Make Donation to Barrie Memorial Hospital

 Stephanie McBride

Members of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group continue what has become an annual tradition, donating a percentage of their proceeds to a local institution.

On the morning of Tuesday, January 26th, the Montreal branch of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) made their annual donation to Ormstown’s Barrie Memorial Hospital. This year, the association made a contribution of $1300 to the hospital, presenting the cheque to Madeleine Greig, who currently serves as president of the Barrie Memorial Hospital Foundation. This donation matches the amount that the CVMG will be making to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, with the exception of $50—an additional amount that was donated to the Barrie Memorial in order to consider the CVMG a Gold Sponsor.

The non-profit has been donating its rally proceeds since 2009, with contributions ranging from $500 to $1300, depending on the amounts that the club manages to raise every year. The Montreal branch of the CVMG is one of 29 branches of the countrywide CVMG, founded in 1968. The local branch, which celebrates an appreciation for rare and vintage motorbikes, consists of about 100 members and is currently headed up by president Peter McEwen. Save for the founding year, every subsequent rally has been held hosted by Eric Pritchard at his family farm in Ormstown. (Pritchard is also one of the founding members of the club.)

While winter is still underway, the CVMG is already making plans for the upcoming summer, which will mark the local branch’s 26th year together. The next motorbike rally is set to kick off on Saturday, July 30th at the Pritchard Farm in Ormstown. While the event caters to motorbike enthusiasts, the rallies are also family-friendly events, with a corn roast, an old-style BBQ and a bevy of antique and restored bikes for spectators to observe.