DANVILLE—Don the do-rags and get ready to cruise the twisties with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts on June 8 at Ride & Shine—a benefit to raise funds and awareness for Sunrise Children’s Services and the 600 children under its care.
The cost to participate is only $20 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Bikers can register online at RideandShine.org, or at Junction City First Baptist Church on the day of the event beginning at 10 a.m.
“It will be a special time to enjoy the countryside and also give bikers the opportunity to see two of our facilities,” said Randy Greene, Sunrise’s vice president of marketing and advancement.
After a short worship, engines will be revving as riders head south toward Pulaski County. Two planned stops—at the Cumberland Adventure Center near Bronston and the Woodlawn Center in Danville—will give bikers the opportunity to meet some of the boys under Sunrise’s care and offer prayers.
Then it’s back on the road for some “classic views of rural Kentucky countryside,” Greene said, until the bikers reach First Baptist Church of Danville where a special ceremony will be held.
Greene said the notion for the event grew from pastors who were looking for a way to help Sunrise financially. Their common interest in motorcycles has resulted in 14 central Kentucky churches working together to promote and sponsor the benefit ride.
“We’d love to replicate this event in other communities,” Greene said, offering his assistance to help pastors organize rides in their region.
Sunrise Children’s Services operates eight residential facilities, three psychiatric residential treatment center and six foster care regions with 12 offices and is the largest private child care agency in Kentucky providing assistance to one out of every 10 children in state protective custody.
For more information about Sunrise, go to Sunrise.org. To learn more about Ride & Shine!, go to RideandShine.org.