Legendary Sikh Riders stop in Mono during cross-Canada voyage

August 13, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

The sound of motorcycles filled the streets of Mono as the Legendary Sikh Riders, who travelled there from British Columbia, joined the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Ontario and Mandeep Singh Cheema Charitable Foundation for an evening fundraiser last Friday (July 30).

The Legendary Sikh Riders, which is a motorcycle group based out of B.C., have been on a cross-Canada ride, starting in Victoria, B.C. and ending in Newfoundland, since mid-July to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada.

The July 30 event in Mono managed to raise $5,100 for the Ontario Chapter of the foundation and that money will directly support granting the wishes of children who are terminally ill across the province.

“We were able to make some wishes come true for the Ontario kids,” said Navdeep Gill, who helped organize the event and covered the cost of it with the help of her husband.

Gill noted it was a collaborative effort between the Mandeep Singh Cheema Charitable Foundation and the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Ontario.

Orangeville Mayor Sandy Brown, Caledon Mayor Alan Thompson, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Dufferin–Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones and four other MPPs from Brampton were among the many dignitaries in attendance of the fundraising event. They enjoyed a dinner with the riders from the two Sikh motorcycle groups.

The ceremony started with drumming from Dholi Kaur, a young Sikh woman who is quite popular in the Brampton community for her talented drumming performances, according to Gill.

She also noted that she sang a welcome song for the Legendary Sikh Riders, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

“We put so much personal effort to make them [the Legendary Sikh Riders] feel that even though you are away from home, we want to give you a taste of home for one day on your ride,” Gill explained.

For the Legendary Sikh Riders trek through Ontario, they were able to ride with their turbans on instead of helmets as the province is one of three in Canada that permits it. However, the group was granted special exemptions in many of the other provinces for the cross-country fundraiser and for the few provinces they were unable to wear their turbans, they drove by truck with their motorcycles towed by trailer.

In each province they did stops where they fundraised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gill said they wanted to respect the law but also respect their religion, so travelling by truck through the couple of provinces where they couldn’t wear their turbans on a motorcycle was a good compromise.

Meanwhile, the people of Mono’s response to the event was very positive according to Gill.

She said the Sikh riders felt very welcomed by the local community.

“I have no words to express how well it was embraced by everybody and how well it went,” she enthused.

Gill told the Citizen all COVID-19 protocols were adhered to and she’s extremely grateful that the event generated over $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

She noted that a child from the local community, through the foundation, was able to visit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and was made honorary Prime Minister for the day.

With many of the Legendary Sikh Riders being older, above 65, with grandkids of their own, Gill said the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other organizations that support children have a special place in their heart.

To donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in support of the Legendary Sikh Riders Cross Canada journey, visit: and click the donate button.

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