FORT MCMURRAY (660 News) — The Fort McMurray Metallic Saints are an all-ladies motorbike driving team. With a target on woman empowerment and supplying again to the community, they have been energetic for 10 yrs.

On Tuesday, the Metal Saints still left Fort McMurray on a cross-country ride to Gaspe, Que., boosting dollars for the Alberta Most cancers Basis.

“A few of the ladies using with me have fathers who have battled most cancers, so it was not challenging to come to a decision on a cause,” stated Steel Saints founder Annie Lelievre.

The team was started in 2011, right after Lelievre’s son was killed in a collision on Highway 63 on New Year’s Eve.

“Losing my son Jason influenced me to get a petition going to have the Freeway 63 twinned, for the reason that we ended up getting deadly collisions on there all the time,” Lelievre explained.

“I experienced the backing of some of the strongest gals that I know. Immediately after going to the legislature with my petition that had about 60,000 signatures, the ‘Metal Saints’ were being shaped.”

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Then in 2014, the unthinkable transpired. Lelievre’s ex-partner John, the father of her late son, was also killed in a collision on the freeway.

The 434-kilometre extend of highway runs from Edmonton to Fort McMurray and the Athabasca Oilsands. A single of the most deadly highways in the province, it has earned the nickname “The Highway of Death”.

For a extended time on Highway 63 there was only one lane in just about every course. Involving 2003 and 2017, 160 fatal collisions ended up recorded on the motorway.

“I had these types of strong females guiding me though I was operating on that petition, I thought ‘What else can we do?’” Lelievre informed 660 News.

Because then the Steel Saints have focused on empowering and supporting ladies in the local community.

Each individual 12 months they host a New Year’s breakfast for the considerably less fortuitous. They also organize food, outfits, and toy drives for women’s shelters and foodbanks in Wooden Buffalo and get part in group gatherings, like latest vigils and marches to honour the young children who died at household educational institutions across Canada.

“As girls we all go by it. But I’m in this article to clearly show you that girls are not weak, we certainly can prevail over and realize anything at all,” Lelievre said.

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“I’m attempting to be a position design, if you set your mind to nearly anything you can really carry out it. I’ve dropped my son and my ex-spouse on the highway and I’m going ahead, hoping that it evokes these women of all ages.”

Lelievre suggests that empowering girls is what keeps her heading in the confront of her son’s death.

“I’m right here to support females succeed, and it assists me move forward that I can support,” she mentioned.

Each individual calendar year the Metal Saints host a memorial trip for all those who have died on Freeway 63, held on July 17, Lelievre’s son’s birthday.

“This 12 months he would have turned 32, but I dropped him when he was 21 years previous,” Lelievre informed 660 News.

The Metal Saints arrived in Thunder Bay this morning, and plan to achieve Gaspe upcoming week.