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ATV Poker Run raises $10K for charity

A record 169 machines took part this year
2021-09-13 charity poker run
Allan MacDonald makes it through one of the mud holes during the Huddy's Fish and Chips and DKI Disaster Solution Services 2021 ATV Poker Charity Run on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021

By 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, the road to the Country Style in Garden River was packed with people who had come to help raise money and have some good muddy fun in the Huddy's Fish and Chips and DKI Disaster Solution Services 2021 ATV Poker Charity Run.

Organizers Wayne (Huddy) Hudson and Allan MacDonald of Garden River along with Greg Robinson of Bud Robinson MotorSports/Suzuki Canada launched this year's ride with a record 169 machines, 263 riders and a dozen volunteers who rode along.

"After all expenses the ride generated $9,730.00," said Wayne Hudson. "Huddy's Fish N Chips kicked in $270 more to make it an even $10,000."

The proceeds are shared evenly between Canadian Tire Jumpstart who donate sports equipment to less fortunate kids in the area and also match any donation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Garden River Rec Centre.

"Co-organizer Allan MacDonald maps and clears the trails to ensure everyone has fun,” says Hudson. “He knows the bush there like nobody else and has been part of this ride from the start."

Participants drove the four- to six-hour trail through mud, water, rain and sun on Saturday. Over $6,000 in prizes were donated and awarded.

“We really have to give thanks to the Garden River First Nation. The land is what makes this ride so special,” says Allan MacDonald. "We had two routes available to participants – one for the beginner and one more challenging and muddy than the other."

Local barber Danny Trevisanut, whose trip this year was his first, said. "This was amazing!. We got hung up once, winched ourselves out, lots of milkshake like mud – some of the muddiest terrain I have ever seen."