Residents from Woodstock and the surrounding area are taking time to honour the life of a little girl whose story touched people across Canada.
The 5th annual Tori Stafford Memorial Ride is happening Saturday, a week after her birthday.
“It’s her sweet 16 and it is one of the milestones we have to miss.” Rodney Stafford, father of Tori Stafford said.
Tori was abducted as she walked home from school in April of 2009. Her body was found 3 months later near Mount Forest.
The event begins in the parking lot of Woodstock’s Foodland on Dundas St. at 10 a.m. The ride starts at 12 p.m.
Parents will be able to pick up identification kits for their children that could be used to help police find them should they ever go missing.
“We just want to keep bringing awareness to our children’s safety. We just don’t want anybody to take it for granted,” Stafford said. “This still happens and it happens all the time. If we can do anything to make it easier for parents and police, hopefully we can do something about it.”
Stafford stated that the event is open to all participants.
“It’s not strictly for motorcycles, anyone can come out and show support for our children,” Stafford said.
Proceeds from this year’s event are going to the Oxford branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association to support teens’ mental health.