Whether you kick up your kickstand or twist your throttle, there’s no better way to enjoy riding season than to find a worthy cause to support. Motorcycles and charities go hand-in-hand. It appears every weekend during the summer months there are rides for relief foundations or opportunities to raise money for those in need. It seems the only thing better than going for a ride, is doing it for a worthy cause.
May’s calendar was full and concluded with Ohio Bike Week. I was busy attending bike nights throughout the area as well as riding to the Outer Banks for their annual Outer Banks Bike Week. Needless to say, Ohio’s Bike Week is the granddaddy of all bike weeks! To kick off Ohio Bike Week, I was honored to lead the opening night “TRO Ladies Lakeside Ride.” It was great to meet more lady riders!
Looking ahead to June’s calendar, it is apparent that the motorcycle community is known for supporting local charity rides and poker runs. Every weekend is chocked full of charitable rides to choose from. Charity rides unfortunately often result from unlucky situations that caused a need to bring awareness of voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. Accordingly, to the Charity navigator, over $410 billion was given to charities in 2017.
The motorcycle community is so large, that we all are connected to people who may be struggling with something or who have suffered great losses. Charity rides keep a loved one’s memory alive in addition to supporting the many causes that people fall victim to.
One of the June rides focus on Recovery. Over 23 million Americans currently are living in recovery. The disease of addiction is treatable. Hope Recovery Community is committed to creating solutions and strives to create communities that no longer fear addiction but embrace recovery.
Join them for the 1st Annual 2019 Medina Ride 4 Recovery on June 22. Registration starts at 9:00 at Heartland Community Church, 3400 Weymouth Road, Medina. First bike out at 10:00 and last bike out at 11:00. Collect celebratory recovery chips at 5 stops along this 100-mile scenic ride. The last stop is Cornerstone Chapel, 3939 Granger Road, Medina where they will have a cookout including ride awards, door prizes, raffles, speakers, kid’s activities and entertainment. All proceeds will go to Hope Recovery Community, an organization dedicated to serving those impacted by addiction. Tickets are $25 per ride. Sign up online at www.eventbrite.com 2019 Medina Ride 4 Recovery
On June 29, Medina Creative Housing is hosting their 3rd Annual Ride for Independence Poker Run and Road Rally. MCH was formed by a group of concerned parents who were looking for a brighter future for their children with disabilities. Formed in 1992, they now own and manage 78 housing units. Their mission is to develop quality housing, services and support to enable individuals with disabilities to live their lives with dignity and opportunity. Honoring those who fought for our independence and those who fight every day to live independently. The Poker Run and Road Rally will benefit the Resident Enrichment Program, providing educational, social and recreational opportunities for those they serve. Ride departs from Ken Ganley Nissan with kickstands up at 10:00 am for a group ride and last bike out at 10:30. Stops include Brecksville American Legion Post #196, Acres Depot, Barley Jacks, Medina Eagles #2224 and Media VFW Post #5137. $25 per rider. Dinner, prizes, raffles and live music at 5:00. Sponsorships are welcome by contacting Deb Poland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register early at www.creativelivingcoffee.com
Let’s show up big for the many causes this month offers. Our mission as riders: remember how fortunate we are, but never overlook the needs of people in our communities. It’s better to help those in need, rather than be the one in need.
“Don’t count the wheels, just enjoy your ride” Spyder Lilly Luvee