Motorcycle ride raises money for children in crisis


DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- Sunday’s warm weather made for the perfect day to go for a ride, a motorcycle ride that benefits kids who have been caught in abusive situations.

Sunrise Children’s Services is a nonprofit ministry that provides Christ-centered residential and foster care programs for abused, abandoned and victimized children throughout the state.
Sunday, riders met at Junction City First Baptist Church for the fourth annual Ride and Shine event.

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The day begins with a worship service. After service comes lunch, and then riders make their way to their bikes, and kickstands are raised. Motorcyclists then ride to Sunrise’s Cumberland adventure program in Bronston before reaching their final destination back in Danville at the agency’s Woodlawn campus where they will have a chance to meet, interact and pray for the youth residing at the center.

Organizers say, though events like these do help raise funds for Sunrise Ministries, there is more to providing for the nearly 8,400 Kentucky children in out-of-home care.

Sunrise’s Associate Communications director Melissa Bailey says that Kentucky has a desperate need for foster parents and volunteers.

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