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Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown encourages fellow motorcyclists and community members to join her in benefiting the Columbus Firemen's Cheer Fund on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Mayor's Motorcycle Ride and Public Safety Family Fun Day outside Columbus City Hall.
The Mayor's Ride, led by Mayor Brown on her Ducati Monster 750, returns for its second year to raise money for the Cheer Fund, a local nonprofit organization run by Columbus Firefighters and community members to provide gifts for local children during the Christmas season.
The Public Safety Family Fun Day for all community members will follow the Mayor's Ride and feature the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) Tiny Tots Riding Experience - an opportunity for young children to learn how to ride small, child-size motorcycles on a supervised course. The Columbus Police and Fire departments also will showcase personnel, equipment and vehicles at the Public Safety Family Fun Day, including rides on Tilly the Miniature Fire Engine.
“The Mayor's Ride and Public Safety Family Fun Day are fun ways for the community to support our firefighters in providing a good Christmas for our local children,” Mayor Brown said. “I am happy to lead the ride to benefit this very worthy cause, and I encourage all community members to join us after the ride for an enjoyable Public Safety Family Fun Day.”
Registration for the Mayor's Ride will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 10 outside City Hall, with kickstands up at 10 a.m. The ride is sanctioned by the local chapter of the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), a national organization focused on motorcycle awareness and safety. This year's ride will start at City Hall and wind along a southeastern route toward Madison. The cost is $20 for solo riders and $30 for riders with passengers.
“With the Mayor being a motorcyclist and ABATE member herself, this is the perfect opportunity for us to bring attention to motorcycle safety and awareness while benefiting a great cause,” said Donju Taylor of the local ABATE chapter.
The Public Safety Family Fun Day will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a post-ride cookout outside City Hall open to all community members. The meal is free for riders and $5 for non-riders. Children's activities, including the Tiny Tots Riding Experience and public safety demonstrations, will begin at 2 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Columbus Firemen's Cheer Fund, part of the Christmas Assistance program overseen by First Call for Help. Last year the Cheer Fund provided gifts to more than 1,200 children and gift baskets to more than 200 elderly residents.
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:54:09 AM
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