MINETT — Share the road — again — Monday, Aug. 19, when more than two dozen cyclists head from Gravenhurst to Minett in the 23rd annual Ride for Kayla’s Children Centre (KCC) to raise critical funds for children with special needs.

The rides (100K/135K) attract cyclists of all experience levels who compete in a two-part ride in June and August to raise money for KCC, a non-profit that provides educational, therapeutic, recreational and respite programs and services for infants to teenagers with special needs.

Last year the route took them through Bracebridge and around Muskoka Lake to the 75-year-old Lake Rosseau camp.

For the second year, part two of the ride starts at 7 a.m. at Taboo Muskoka Resort & Golf, and ends about 2:30 p.m. at nearby Camp Frenda to the fanfare and cheers of KCC staff, supporters and the very children and families who benefit from the programs and services that are supported and enhanced by the funds raised.

“For this leg of the ride, we’re expecting 25 riders who have each raised a minimum of $3,500 to be able to participate in the overnight experience Sunday and Monday,” says KCC ride PR spokesperson Erika Vilmanis.

Camp Frenda is at 1231 Morinus Road, Port Carling.

The 23rd annual Kayla’s Children’s Centre Ride continues this weekend from Taboo in Gravenhurst and ends up at Camp Frenda in Port Carling Monday afternoon.
Kayla’s Children’s Centre riders head up the hill into Bracebridge last year en route to Port Carling on their first ride in Muskoka.
Riders arrive at Camp Frenda to cheers from campers at the end of the KCC ride in 2018.
A rider receives his medal from one of the campers riding on top of the shoulders of a camp counsellor last year.