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Two-wheeled philanthropists
« on: April 18, 2012, 04:47:35 PM »
Two-wheeled philanthropists

http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/article/1015109--two-wheeled-philanthropists



A new group in Orangeville is combining its love of charity and the open road.

The Canadian Army Veterans (CAV) is a motorcycle group who rides recreationally and raises funds for charity. Steve “Steve-o”’ Middlebrook recently moved the Rhineland Unit of the 1st CAV from Cambridge to Orangeville.

“We’re there for fun and companionship,” Middlebrook, who serves as president of the local chapter, said. “We’re not a club or an organization, we’re just a bunch of guys out riding to have fun and support our community.”

Two veterans in Kingston created the CAV in 2003.

“Originally, we started off just to ride for fun,” Middlebrook said. “We now have units across Canada.”

While the CAV started as a military-only organization, they now welcome anyone who rides a motorcycle.

“We didn’t have enough military people that ride motorcycles, so we opened to the public,” Middlebrook, a Canadian Forces veteran with the 1st Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), said. “Anybody with a bike can join us.”

Tim Corbett joined the Orangeville CAV in February and now serves as the group’s vice-president.

“It’s great being able to help out with charity events,” Corbett, who has been riding motorcycles for over two decades said.

Corbett recently moved back to Orangeville and said the group gives him the opportunity to meet other local bikers.

“I like being able to ride with good people,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to meet other riders.”

The local CAV unit will participate in the Orangeville Ride for Hospice on June 11. When CAV membership increases, the group will commit to raising funds for an Orangeville charity.

“Right now, my main concentration is to build my unit,” Middlebrook said.

The Orangeville chapter of the CAV currently has four members, but Middlebrook is confident membership will quickly increase.

“We’re just getting going,” Middlebrook said, “but it shouldn’t be a problem. Kitchener started last year and they already have 30 people.”

Middlebrook said public support for the CAV has grown alongside support for the Canadian Forces.

“Now everybody is kind of behind the military. We get lots of nods and support and people asking questions,” Middlebrook said. “The public are really with us now. They think it’s a great idea.”

Membership in the Rhineland Unit is $60 for the first year and $30 for each following year. For more information about the CAV, visit www.thecav.ca or email Rhineland@rogers.com.
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