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Algoma Ride for Autism rolls out for a good cause (12 photos)

About 200 bikes take the road to raise funds for Algoma Autism Foundation

The parking lot of Highland Ford was packed with dozens of motorcycles Saturday morning for the Algoma Ride for Autism. 

The annual event raises money for the Algoma Autism Foundation through pledges, while a number of sponsors across the city help with operating costs. 

“There’s all kinds of sponsors that every year - no questions asked - step up to support the cause, and without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Jamie Boston, founder of the Algoma Ride for Autism. 

Boston says the money raised from this year's ride - which takes riders to the Goulais River area and back - will go toward a sensory play-park and other projects carried out by the Algoma Autism Foundation, which he co-founded back in 2013. 

“To help families in this community and know that all the money we raise stays here and is local, and 100 per cent of it is spent on families and children alike, is really important for us and all the riders as well,” Boston said.

The Algoma Ride for Autism has raised more than $100,000 for the Algoma Autism Foundation over the past seven years.