It’ll be a bittersweet day in Woodstock on Saturday as community members honour the life of a little girl taken from them far too soon.
Tori Stafford would have turned 16 years old last Friday. She was abducted as she walked home from school in April of 2009.
Her body was found 3 months later near Mount Forest.
Saturday will mark the 5th annual memorial ride in her honour with proceeds from this year’s event going to CMHA Oxford to support teens’ mental health.
Parents will also be able to pick up identification kits for their children that could be used to help police find them should they ever go missing.
Tori’s father Rodney Stafford spoke with AM980 and said he hopes to see a lot of people join them.
“It’s an open event, it’s not strictly for people with motorcycles,” he said. “Anybody can come out and show support for our children.”
The event starts at 10a.m. Saturday morning in the parking lot of Woodstock’s Foodland on Dundas St.
“I just want to keep bringing awareness about our children’s safety because I just don’t want anybody to take it for granted that this still happens, and it happens all the time, and if we can do anything to make anything a little easier for parents and for police, hopefully we can do something about it,” Stafford said.
The ride begins shortly after noon.
Participants are encouraged to dress in purple, which was Tori’s favourite colour.