May 17th 2003, a grandson, son, brother, and most of all a friend to many
was taken from us too soon. Stephen Smith, my brother, died from the result
of a violent attack. There is not a day that goes by that I do not miss
my brother, I don't think there ever will be.
I have created this web site and a non-profit organization called The Ride Free Community Association in an effort create a lasting memory and to honor causes that I know in my heart Stephen would want us to support.
Our first goal is to finally build the skateboard park on Gabriola Island. I am told that several good people have been working on this project for some time now and they need our help to make this dream a reality.
It is my understanding, that all that stands in the way of this project's completion is, you guessed it, money. There are several fund raising events in the works. Some of the ideas being tossed around range from a memorial softball tournament to a Woodstock style concert if you would like to submit an idea please do so on our message board.
we will look to make a positive impact with young people nationwide as
we try our very best to prevent senseless deaths like Stephen's from occurring.
We know we can not stop them all but if we can save even one family from
going through the pain and heartache that we have gone through and will
continue to go through then our mission will be a success.