Greg Burt, co-founder of Helmets of Love, checks a helmet for size on Niko Walker, 10, at the Helmets of Love event at Dave’s Sports Bar & Grill on March 14.

Some Cove children received new equipment for their next bike rides, thanks to the efforts of some motorcycle enthusiasts and residents with lots of heart.

The motorcycle club Faded Spades and nonprofit organization Helmets of Love joined forces for a good cause during the Faded Spades’ “Bike Night” on March 14 at Dave’s Sports Bar and Grill.

Faded Spades sponsored the event by lending funds and support to the Helmets of Love’s effort to promote bicycle safety.

“I heard about this organization (Helmets of Love) through our club’s vice president, who happened to hear it from family friends,” said John Gonzales, Faded Spades member and a Bike Night organizers. “To hear what they stand for, providing children with helmets, their story is near and dear to our hearts.”

More than 75 people from the metro area turned out for the event, which included a full hour of helmet fittings and free helmet giveaways to children age 18 and younger.

Patrons also enjoyed music by the Jon Austin Band. Food was provided by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and green beer was served in light of St. Patrick’s Day.

However, the main purpose of Bike Night was not forgotten.

“We established this nonprofit in memory of my granddaughter, Madison Rose. She was killed two years ago in May,” said Kathy Burt, Helmets of Love founder. “She wasn’t riding in an ATV or bicycle but a Polaris Ranger when it flipped over and she didn’t survive her head injuries.”

The organization is not only bringing awareness of the importance of helmets, but making sure all children and teenagers are equipped with them, Burt said.

“We wouldn’t want anyone to lose a loved one like we did with our Madison.”

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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