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Motorcycle rides taking place October 1, benefit Georgia charities

fall.jpgThere are many great rides for charity coming up this fall. Rides are a great way to meet other two-wheeling enthusiasts in your area, brush up on your riding skills and support some great causes. We found three rides taking place this Saturday taking place in Buford, McDonough, and Pooler, Georgia.

The 11th annual Hall County Sheriff’s Office Ride for Kids begins at Frazier’s Harley-Davidson, Buford, Georgia and ends at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. The cost is $25 per bike, $10 per passenger with the proceeds benefitting all of the Youth Home programs throughout Georgia. Participants should be ready to roll out by 10:30 a.m.

The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes strive to give Georgia’s most at-risk children the care, sense of security and structure that will help them become independent and thriving adults. The program was realized in 1960 with the opening of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch in Hahira, Lowndes County, Georgia, a small town just north of Valdosta and the Florida border. The campus today encompasses over four hundred acres and five cottages, affording children plenty of outdoor space for recreation, exercise and fresh air. Cherokee Estate, located in Whitfield County, just a few miles northeast of Dalton is a home for girls situated on lush and verdant pastures. The Herrington Homestead for boys in Emanuel County is another home supported by the Sheriffs’ program. Mountain View is the latest addition to the Youth Homes program. Located in North Georgia near the city of Chatsworth in Murray County, the home boasts spectacular views of Fort Mountain.

For more details, visit the Hall County Sheriff’s Department web site.

The first-ever Iron Horse Rodeo benefits Horsin’ Around. Scheduled is a rider’s skills competition, a car and bike show, a rummage sale, costume contests and a hot dog-eating contest. All the fun takes place at the Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Pooler, Georgia and winners of the riding competition may receive a mountain getaway package to Maggie Valley. Located in Bloomingdale, Georgia near Savannah, Horsin’ Around is a non-profit organization for children with special needs where horses are used for therapy. The Horses for Heroes program was recently established for soldiers wounded in combat.

See the Horsin’ Around web site for contest rules, admission prices and more.

The Paradise Empowers First Annual Charity Ride Around Henry begins at 9 a.m. starting and ending at McDonough Christian Church. The ride, which includes a police escort, is $20.00 per bike $5.00 per passenger and is great for beginners. Proceeds benefit Paradise Empowers.

Founded by the PEI Corporation, Paradise Empowers strives improve the quality of life for youth, especially at-risk children, by providing the essential tools and skills necessary for building character, increasing self-esteem, meeting positive friends, and making informed choices. By providing low-income and disadvantaged children and their families the opportunity to grow and develop within an educational forum, Paradise Empowers helps children improve their grades, develop both social and life skills and modify behavior. The program’s underlying message to each child is, “The only limitations in life are the ones you place on yourself.”

Should you participate in one of these events, please contact us on the Georgia on Two Wheels Facebook page, share photos and let us know how it went!

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