Last Wednesday, they were honoured at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria by B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and B.C. NDP Caucus, including MLAs Raj Chouhan, Harry Bains, and Sue Hammell.
Bains made a statement in the House commending the Sikh Motorcycle Club and their commitment to an all-inclusive society and dedication to raise money with the Canadian Cancer Society to bring awareness and research for pediatric cancer.
The objective of the club is to promote understanding and harmony between communities. Their motto is: “We are all one community.”
In the late 1990s, Mr. Avtar Singh Dhillon, who’s here, and other human rights activists were instrumental in successfully lobbying the government to amend the law so Sikh motorcycle riders could ride their bikes with their turbans on and without a helmet. This allows them to participate without jeopardizing their religious beliefs.
B.C. Cancer Society agency spokesperson Mr. Allan Mugford says they were stunned and amazed by the fundraising effort. “This is a totally committed and passionate group of community members,” he said.
The members were greeted in every city with respect and gratitude and appeared on local television and radio stations to share their journey and bring awareness about pediatric cancer. – CINEWS