Meet the man behind the lens — Marcus Rideout. Marcus has been working behind the scenes throughout our ride, capturing footage for a Cruise with a Cause documentary. He’s also created videos of rider profiles and has taken most of the photos you see on this page. One big day to go on the road and then Marcus will embark on a lengthy journey of editing. We’ll keep you posted on the documentary. #coolcruisewithacause 4 #SophiesPlace
'Heartland' stars cruise for Sophie's Place cause in Surrey
KYLE BENNING / NOW CONTRIBUTOR AUGUST 28, 2014 09:32 AM
SURREY — The cast of CBC’s Heartland may be used to riding horses on set, but they are going to be riding motorcycles across the province to meet some of their fans.
Graham Wardle, better known as Ty Borden from the television series, is one of the founders of Cruise with a Cause and he’s excited to travel around the province meeting fans and fundraising for Sophie’s Place.
Wardle, who went to high school in Burnaby, said Cruise with a Cause tries to pick a charity that is underserved or needs more attention. Last year, the cruise raised money and awareness for prostate cancer.
“Our trail boss last year, the guy who led the ride, had a lot of experience raising funds for prostate cancer. My grandfather died of prostate cancer. It’s a good cause and guys don’t like to go to the doctor, so it kind of fit with our thing of going to get tested,” Wardle said.
Sophie’s Place seemed like the perfect charity to choose this year because the TV star can relate to a lot of the kids who are treated there.
“Sophie’s Place was interesting because I’m a survivor of abuse,” said Wardle. “There’s another rider on the ride that’s a survivor of abuse.
“We thought that this is a good cause, it hits close to home and we wanted to sort of talk about it in a positive light. Focusing on a healthy space for kids, being themselves, growing up in a safe space. Sophie’s Place is a great resource for handling children who didn’t have that at some point in their life,” he added.
The ride started on the morning of Monday, Aug. 25 from Sophie’s Place, with their first stop being Whistler later that day. The following stops are Kamloops on Aug. 26, Vernon on Aug. 27, Kelowna on Aug. 28, Princeton and Penticton on
Aug. 29 before rounding of the trip in Chilliwack and back in Surrey on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Autographs and photos with the stars will cost fans $10, with eight of the stars on hand to meet fans at Central City Shopping Centre from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sophie’s Place was started by Sophie Tweed-Simmons, a reality-TV star and daughter of KISS bass player Gene Simmons.
It is the only multidisciplinary child-protection centre in the region dealing with children who have been sexually, emotionally and physically abused.
Sophie’s Place allows collaboration between the RCMP, Ministry of Child and Family Services, medical and trauma screening professionals and volunteer advocates.
Written by Peter McIntyreWednesday, 27 August 2014 17:17
Some Canadian TV celebrities attracted dozens of fans to their stop in Vernon today.
Graham Wardle and stars of CBC’s Heartland are part of “Cruise With A Cause,” a six day charity motorcycle tour of BC.
"This is our second year that we’ve done the ride. The first year prostate cancer was our charity of choice. This year, it’s Sophie’s Place, a child advocacy centre based in Surrey BC," Wardle tells Kiss FM.
Wardle, who plays Ty Bordon on the Alberta based drama, along with Amber Marshall and Shaun Johnston were posing for pictures and signing autographs for a minimum $10 donation at Bannisters Honda, with stops in Kelowna Thursday (Ramada Hotel 10 am) and Penticton Friday (Lakeside Villla Inn at 5pm).
Top photo: Graham Wardle of CBC’s Heartland on Cruise With A Cause
Second photo: Lineup to see the stars at Bannister Honda in Vernon
Sophie’s Place is is a Vancouver-based child advocacy centre, providing specialized services to physically, mentally and sexually abused children up to age 18 in a child-friendly setting.
"Myself and two other riders are surivivors of abuse, and we thought this is an important convesation to have, about resources that are available for kids," says Wardle.
Sophie’s Place is named after their patron, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of rocker Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed.