Brett Holland (in sidecar) prepares to head out on the Maritime Ride For Sight on Saturday. He has been the official starter of the event the past seven years. Hannah Morton Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Brett Holland sees the world much different than most of us, in shades of only light and dark, yet his personality is more colorful and shining than the masses.
Holland, 17, has been a part of Ride for Sight the past seven years. Born with a detached retina, he has learned to live his life to the fullest.
"Ladies and gentlemen, start … your … engines!" yelled Holland, the official starter for the event, to a crowd of more than 100 motorcyclists.
As of Friday, more than $10,000 in donations had been collected, all of which will be donated to The Foundation Fighting Blindness.
That number was expected to soar after Saturday's main motorcycle parade event, according to Lisa Fraser-Parks, chairperson for Maritime Ride For Sight.
"The ride is a celebration for those who raised money," said Fraser-Parks.
"We have riders who have travelled from all over the Maritime Provinces just to be here, and from as far away as Newfoundland."
After turning in their donations at the Amherst Stadium, motorcyclists paraded through Brookdale, Nappan, Southampton, Amherst Point and Fort Lawrence.
Amherst has been hosting the Maritime Ride for Sight event the past 10 years, although the fundraiser has been ongoing for more than 25 years.
"Events like these really turn our town alive. They also help to erase the stigma associated with motorcyclists," said Mayor Jerry Hallee of Amherst, who participated in the event.
After the parade motorcyclists camped out at Gateway Parklands Campground in Fort Lawrence, where they took part in motorcycle games such as a keg roll, where a rider uses his front tire to roll a barrel in a straight line, and a weenie bike, where a rider tries to bite off a piece of hot dog suspended overhead while driving underneath.
For more information, visit www.rideforsight.com.