Bikers ride to benefit child advocacy center

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Bikers road out on Saturday to help a local organization that specializes in helping children.

The "Ride for Kids" was held on Saturday afternoon to benefit the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center. The ride started at Barton's Power Sports on Parker Road and the route took them around Craighead County and eventually ending at the center.

"We have an operation that is totally funded by donations and grants and the good will of the community," said Maryce Cunningham, a board member with the center. She said that without community and local business support, the center would not be possible. "This is the money that we need to operate (the center) it," said Cunningham.

For the bikers that participated in the ride, they say it is in their nature to help out. "Anyone who rides a motorcycle, anyone who is on two wheels is part of group that helps out," said Jim Baker with the American Veterans Motorcycle Club.

The NEA Children's Advocacy Center specializes in helping abused children tell there investigators their story and who hurt them. "We help them only tell that story one time," said Cunningham, "We record that conversation and can play it back to investigators as many times as needed so they don't have to tell their story over and over again." Cunningham also added that in some cases, the child speaking with the advocacy center can help them avoid having to speak in court.

Over 200 bikers showed up to the event Saturday and participated in the 1 hour ride on their motorcycles.

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