The Douglasville chapter of the Faith Riders, a national organization designed to bring together motorcyclists and the Christian community, is participating in the fifth Rumble for Kids, an annual motorcycle ride to raise money and awareness for Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries.
Motorcyclist and pastor Marcus Miller said he encourages other cyclists to come out for a “hands on experience with helping others.”
“After the ride, we have lunch with the children who live on [the campus], tour the facilities and see the progress being made through fundraisers like this one,” he said.
The event successfully raised about $3,000 dollars last year for the organization.
Organization spokeswoman Alice Bagley said the ride, which has steadily seen an increase in participants since 2009, does much more than raise money for the children.
“This event raises awareness for what we do here at the children’s home and many people who participate in the ride become involved in our organization by volunteering or just spreading the word about what we do,” she said.
Bagley said the impact of the annual ride is “hard to measure.”
Last year’s event included about “80 to 90 riders,” according to Miller, who said he hopes to see more than 100 participants this year.
“We already have quite a few cyclists participating this year who hadn’t before, and we’d love to meet some new riders,” he said.
Miller also encouraged riders who “are not interested in church but are interested in charity” to participate as well.
“Once [people] see this beautiful campus and all the good being done for needy children, they’ll want to help,” he said.
The money raised from the ride will help fund programs through the children’s home like residency for children in foster care and unwed teenage mothers and their children, counseling for local families in need and educational resources.
Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. and the riders’ starting point will be the organization’s Palmetto campus, 9250 Hutcheson Ferry Road.
The ride spans south Fulton, Carroll and Douglas counties and will be about an hour long.
Registration fees are $25 for a single rider and $35 for a rider with a passenger.
Lunch is included with the fees and will be served at the campus after the ride.