BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) chapters across the United States have geared up for their biggest fundraisers of the year. In Georgia, there are four chapters, the Little River Chapter, the Two Rivers Chapter, the Red Top Mountain Chapter, and the Hooch Chapter. All four work together to support the organization and take care of the children who look to them for protection and security.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Established in 1983, organizations dedicated to preventing child abuse work together to educate families and empower children. Groups like BACA, rally together to support the children and let them know they are never alone. Members speak at gatherings and work together to educate the public about what each of us can do to stop child abuse.
All four of Georgia’s chapters hold an annual fundraiser that enables them to raise the money they need to operate throughout the year. The money raised by the chapters goes to purchase vests, patches, and other items a child receives when they are welcomed into the organization. Donations also go towards raising awareness and supporting programs designed to prevent child abuse through education and advocacy.
Little River Chapter
On April 6th the Little River Chapter held their annual Dice Run. Starting at the U.S. Military Vets clubhouse on South Patterson, the group rode first to Cuzz’s on North Bemiss and then to Cowboy’s Firepit Grill and Bar in Lake Park. The final stop before heading back to the clubhouse was The Other Bar in Jennings, Florida. With close to 40 bikes registered, the ride was a huge success.
Once the riders returned to the clubhouse, Archie Tomlinson and Lee Adkins had the BBQ ready and food was available for $5 a plate. The group auctioned offer a wide selection of donated items. Tickets were available for the silent auction or items could be purchased through a live auction that was also held. Items for the auctions were donated by Lemongrass Day Spa, Zuma Cycles, T3 Outdoors, Ag Supply, Western Auto, Kinderlou Forest, and Langdale Ford and Honda, among others. More than 40 local businesses and individuals donated items for the auctions. Wrong Turn provided the entertainment.
Two Rivers Chapter
The Two Rivers Chapter out of Savannah also held their Photo Scavenger Hunt/Ride on the 6th. The riders who attended the ride through the lowlands took pictures of certain items and locations while on the ride. The event was held at the Savannah Harley Davidson dealership. Items for their auctions were donated by Rutland Tire in Rincon, Southern Biker Gear, Blueberry Hill Bar and Grill, Hustle Tattoo, Carters Ink, Nineline Apparel, and many others. Entertainment was provided by Ray Tomasino.
Ways You Can Support BACA and the Children They Protect
There are many different ways you can support your local BACA chapter and the children they serve. First and foremost, report cases of child abuse and neglect. Hundreds of children endure neglect and abuse each year because their cases never reach the desks of DFCS. Secondly, monetary donations are always welcome. Visit your local BACA chapter during their public meetings and find out what the group is all about. Talk to them. Ask questions. Offer your support by attending events or donating items for the auctions or give-aways.
The Red Mountain Chapter will be holding their yearly Dice Run on April 13th, Kickstands up at 11:30am starting from the Southern Devil Harley Davidson Dealership in Cartersville, Georgia. The Hooch Chapter’s Dice Run will be held on April 27th. SMAC will perform. The ride is first bike out at 10:30 am and last bike out at 11:30am with last bike in at 3:00pm. Other events (entertainment, food, auctions, etc.) will take place from 3:00 pm til 6:00 pm, starting and ending at the American Legion Buford Post 127 located at 2640 Sawnee Avenue in Buford, Georgia.