For the 8th consecutive year, the George McDougall Ride of the Mustang has kicked off.

The opening ceremonies took place in the school gymnasium this afternoon (March 27th) attended by students, staff and honoured guests.ride of mustang mar2018 dc

Among those speaking were Mayor Peter Brown who emphasized the fantastic work the students have done over the last seven years and how the Ride of the Mustang has inspired not only Airdrie but the province.

MLA Angela Pitt and RVS Board Chair Todd Brand also spoke at the ceremonies, offering their congratulations and best wishes to the students in the 48-hour ride.

After a special message from two members of the Calgary Flames, a local mother took time to speak from her heart on how cancer has impacted her life.

Heather Harriman lost her son Tim to Cancer in 2010, after battling the disease since he was a teenager.

Harriman shared the struggles her family faced in seeing Tim battle cancer and the countless hospital visits they endured.

Tim was a student at George McDougall and Harriman made sure to tell all the students that the school holds a special place in her heart, as his funeral was held in the very gym they were sitting in.

One of Tim’s good friends, Hip Hop artist Transit, spoke to the crowd and performed a song that he wrote in Tim’s memory.

With all the speeches finished, there was only one thing left to do, start the clock to countdown the beginning of the ride.

Students will ride non stop from now until noon on Thursday, March 29th. In the last seven years, the Ride of the Mustang has raised close to $750,000 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and their goal is to hit the $1 Million by the 10th annual ride in just three years time.

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