If you have a motorcycle and want to give something beautiful to your community, we have news. 

If you don’t have a motorcycle but know someone who does, we still have news. 

If you don’t have a motorcycle and don’t know anyone who does, but you’d like to make a big difference in the lives of some dear and important people, this is for you, too.

Here at Lagois Design-Build-Renovate we’re raising funds for ROSSS – Rural Ottawa South Support Services. It’s an organization that provides affordable, quality health and social programs that support older adults, adults living with disabilities, and their caregivers in rural communities south of Ottawa.

So how do motorcycles fit into this? 

There’s going to be a motorcycle ride. It’s called Ride for ROSSS. It’s on June 17, starting at 8 am at Stinson Fuels, 4728 Bank Street, Gloucester.  

No worries if you don’t ride. Several members of the Lagois Design-Build-Renovate team do, and they’ll do the riding for you. You can assign a donation to your favourite rider, or you can simply donate to ROSSS here. Several local businesses are also sponsoring the event through cash donations and prizes. 

Riders pay $50; those who raise $100 or more will have their entry fee waived. 

The resulting funds will be geared to individuals in the community. Every $50 raised allows ROSSS to deliver a week’s worth of Meals on Wheels to a rural senior.

Ride for ROSSS will take riders around rural Ottawa South, with poker run stops along the way. It will wind up with lunch, live entertainment and prizes at the Lagois office, 5921 Prince of Wales Drive, North Gower.  You can also, just join us for lunch and entertainment for a small fee.

Herb Lagois, Founder of Lagois Design-Build-Renovate and an avid motorcyclist, was instrumental in creating the Ride. He’s an unabashed fan of ROSSS. He first heard of it when a lawyer friend asked him to join the board of directors. 

“I thought, Rosss?” he laughs. “Who the heck is Rosss?” 

But once he found out, he wanted to get involved. “And the more involved I got the more I learned about the huge role ROSSS plays in the community,” he says.

He kept running into people whose family members had benefitted from the organization. “Everyone I talk to says something like, ‘Oh, they helped my parents; they were so good’.” 

He sees the Ride as an opportunity for public awareness about ROSSS. 

“I like the organization because it’s so local and specific. It’s rewarding to see what a big difference it makes in people’s lives.”

Two of the Ride stops will be at seniors’ homes, and there will be prizes at the end of the ride.  Herb is busily recruiting and receiving prizes from sponsors. He says several local businesses have responded “Yes! We’re willing to help out!”

Herb feels the Ride is “such a nice way to give back to the community.” He adds it’s meaningful and personal because the funds will be used for specific individuals. 

He’s collecting sponsors, donors and prizes for June 17…and hoping for good weather.

For more information: hlagois@lagois.com.