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7 parade bikes stolen from Edmonton Shriner take money from children's charities

It's a sight you see at parades every summer. A grown man is riding a comical little motorcycle in an unmistakable red hat.

Alas, theEdmonton Al Shamal Shrine Motor Corps said thieves rained their parade.

Last weekend, someone broke into the organizer's sea container and stole five of his motorbikes. This was after someone broke in earlier this summer and stole two of his other bikes.

"There are seven bikes short of him," said Shriner Jim Matheson.

Vehicle in question: 1967 Honda Z50 Monkey Bike.

"There weren't many made, so it's irreplaceable."

Matheson said that Honda only made it for two years in his 1960s, and that it was very said to be unique. To add insult to injury some had just been restored with new engines.

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"There is very little for sale, it is like a symbol of a shrine. Not only here in Alberta, But in various other places in the (U.S.) one often sees pictures of big shriners riding small bicycles, entertaining and having fun with children.

Al Shamal Shrine Motor Corps.A 1967 Honda Z50 Monkey Bike driven in the Alberta Parade in Edmonton, Thursday, August 18, 2022. Wes Rosa, Global News

So why a small bike?

“There are two reasons. A more important reason is to introduce the public to the Shrine and what we do as pediatric care for children in Northern Alberta." 42}

Motor Corps is a unit of Al Shamal Shrine, a fraternity Freemasonry organization part of Shriners International. There are approximately 200 temples (branches) in several countries and thousands of clubs worldwide.

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In Edmonton, the Freemasons of Al Shamal Shriner devote themselves to charity, specifically: We are working to help children with bone disorders and burns.

The Brotherhood supports children's hospitals across North America, including children's charities in northern Alberta and Shriners Children's Hospital in Montreal, Matheson said.

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Montreal Hospital or any suitable US hospital Either, because Shrine operates 21 hospitals for specialized pediatric care.

The Motor Corps and other Shriner units travel to communities across Alberta to introduce people to charities and fundraising for hospitals, Matheson said.

A member of the Al Shamal Shrine Motor Corps. His 1967 Honda Z50 Monkey Bike at the Alberta event. Courtesy: Jim Matheson

They were due to attend the parade in Redwater this weekend, but due to recent events, Later, there are not enough bicycles. theft.

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Matheson now decides that the money that was supposed to go to charity will instead fix an old bicycle and Said it was used to enable them to ride their bikes. We'll load it up next summer, but it's not cheap.

"They can't be replaced. They're very unique antique bicycles, so they can't be replaced. Some will probably cost between $1,800 and $2,000.”

It is estimated that repairing an older bicycle can cost upwards of $12,000. And so on, we have been donating over the years.

Matheson said members pay losses out of their own pockets.

"It's not fair that the public has to pay for our bikes, and what we collect for it is against anything that isn't donated to a proper charity."

Matheson said the thefts were reported to Edmonton police, but so far there was no word on where they went.

"I would be happy to take it, no questions," he said.

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See a vintage Honda Z50 mini bike or parts for it for sale. or find anyone on board, Matheson asked them to let either EPS or Al Shamal Shrine know.

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