When Dr. Marc Haynes, senior pastor at the Fulton Alliance Church, was planning the churchÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s annual ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Blessing of the BikesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ ceremony, he saw it as a perfect opportunity to help the community and add a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe wanted to give back to the community and felt that supporting the work of the Child Advocacy Center would be a nice way to do so,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Haynes.
Haynes, an avid biker himself, explained that the annual ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Blessing of the BikesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ ceremony is a tradition that the church established several years ago. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe have a number of bikers at our church and as a result we formed our own riding group, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRiders of the Son.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Since that was established we have been holding a special bikers ceremony followed by a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Blessing of the BikesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ each year. We bless the bikes and pray for the bikers safety,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he said.
Haynes added that as a way to build bridges and increase community involvement the church decided to hold this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Blessing of the BikesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ at Thunder Alley Sports on Route 57 in Fulton. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe invited bikers from throughout the area and offered a free chicken barbeque. During the event we collected donations for the Child Advocacy Center. We also invited the Director of the CAC, Olivia VanSanford so that she could distribute information about the CAC and talk to the bikers about the agencyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s upcoming Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse, said Haynes.
Scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, the CACÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse is a charity ride that tours Oswego County exclusively and raises funds to support the efforts of the CAC and help raise awareness of child abuse in Oswego County. The ride begins and ends at Sweet Inspirations Drive In on Route 3 in Fulton. Registration is currently underway for those interested in riding in this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse.
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.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe admire Olivia and the work that she and her staff do at the Child Advocacy Center. They are an important part of our community and we are proud to support their efforts,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â added Haynes.
For more information on the CAC or their upcoming ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBlue Ribbon RideÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Against Child Abuse, you may contact the CAC at 592-4453.