The planning committee of the 5th Annual “Blue Ribbon Ride” Against Child Abuse are finalizing the route for the nearly 80 mile ride that will wind throughout Oswego County.
Members from the Star Society of Oswego, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), community volunteers and concerned business owners have come together to plan this year’s ride in support of the CAC’s annual Blue Ribbon Campaign which focuses on child abuse awareness and prevention.
Scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, the ride will start and end at Sweet Inspirations Drive-In on Route 3 in Fulton.
“This is the only charity ride that tours Oswego County exclusively, and raises funds for an agency that serves so many children in the county”, said planning committee member, Dena Granger.
“The Star group has piggybacked with the CAC and many local businesses to get the word out about child abuse and to help raise greatly needed funds to keep the Center going”, states Dave Muhl, President of the Star Society of Oswego.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “Our goal is to surpass last year’s amount and raise $10,000.”
The CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, therapy providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve over 150 child victims of sexual and physical abuse each year.
“We are grateful to the volunteers on our planning committee for their dedication to the children in this county”, said Olivia VanSanford, Director of the CAC.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “Many free services are provided to the victims that come to the CAC and without the support of the community we would not be able to help these children.”
Motorcycle drivers interested in participating in the ride will receive a free t-shirt if they register prior to August 1st.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Drivers and riders will also be able to register the day of the event as well.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â A $30 donation per driver and a $20 donation per passenger are requested.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Riders will ride for free if they obtain $100 or more in donations.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Proceeds will benefit the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Campaign.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Day of registration will begin at 10 am with the ride beginning at 12 noon.
Raffles & door prizes will again be a fun part of the day with a chicken barbeque at Sweet Inspirations Drive-In following the ride.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This is a rain or shine event.
For more information on the “Blue Ribbon Ride” Against Child Abuse, or to find out how you can help sponsor the event, contact the CAC at 592-4453.