WHY WE RIDE
Honour Remember Support
Since 2017, the Toronto Fire Celtic Society's Memorial Ride to Ottawa has been riding from southern Ontario to Ottawa to participate in the Canadian Firefighter Memorial and in support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighter Foundation (CFFF).
The Toronto Professional Firefighters' Celtic Society (TPFFCS) is a charitable organization that raises funds for various charities while celebrating the Celtic traditions of the fire service in Canada. The TPFFCS supports numerous charities and events, notably Camp Bucko, the St. Patrick's Parade, and the CFFF.
The ride is the brainchild of the TPFFCS's President Dave Cossitt as a way to bring more firefighters, focus, and support to the Nation's Capital for the annual Memorial. The ride supports the CFFF's mission to HONOUR and REMEMBER firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty and to SUPPORT their families.
The CFFF supports the families of fallen firefighters in three main areas:
Operating the memorial and updating the wall with new names;
Providing financial support so that families of the fallen can travel to Ottawa for the memorial; and,
Providing scholarships and bursaries to the spouses and children of the firefighters recognized by the memorial.
The annual National Firefighters Memorial draws hundreds of firefighters from each of the provinces and territories who attend the ceremony in a show of solidarity and commemoration.
Since its inception, the Ride has raised almost a quarter of a million dollars in support of the CFFF while raising awareness along its over 500km route through Ontario.
photo: Mark Cooper