Ride to Benefit Special Needs Children

The God Chasers Motorcycle Club is hosting their annual ride to benefit children with special needs on July 29, starting at 12p.m.

Every penny of the funds raised goes to the Lawrence County Special Olympics.

Event organizer Reverend Mike Wimer is a father of a highly functioning 28 year old daughter with down syndrome, and he has been hosting the motorcycle rides for nearly 15 years.

“My daughter Morgan has been in the Special Olympics since she was about 10 years old, and watching the event really touched me and my wife’s heart, so I decided I wanted to support the Special Olympics in any way that I could, and I organized a bike run,” he said. “There is always good community support for the rides, sometimes with even as many as 80 to 90 riders per event.”

Morgan is among hundreds of special needs children who partake in the Lawrence County Special Olympics yearly – an event that Wimer says is a blessing for the special needs.

Morgan participating in basketball / photo provided by Rev. Mike.

“I would recommend the Special Olympics to anyone with a special needs child. It’s been a great place for Morgan to socialize with others like her and to stay active, she’s made a lot of friends out of it and overall it’s been a blessing,” Wimer said.

Morgan always partakes in the fundraisers hosted by the God Chasers – often riding with her father.

The ride is expected to be about 80 miles in total with the majority of the route through back scenic roads. The group will stop at a few different places along the way including a couple bars and the New Castle Harley Davidson.

When the ride is completed the bikers and the public are welcome to attend the after-party. Tickets are $5 and include music, food, and a Chinese auction.

More information on the flyer below.

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