Herald/TJ MAXWELL - Motorcycle riders get ready to leave Ogletree Gap in Copperas Cove Saturday morning for Ride For A Child, an event to raise awareness to help combat child abuse.

More than 250 bikers are expected to join forces Saturday for the third annual Ride for a Child Motorcycle Rally to raise funds to support efforts to prevent child abuse and family violence in Central Texas.

Exchange Clubs of Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Temple and Killeen teamed with Bikers Against Child Abuse for the rally.

The 70-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Hooters in Killeen and takes the back roads through Copperas Cove, Salado and Belton. Bikers will arrive at noon at Sandy’s Home Place in Nolanville for an afternoon of music, raffles, prizes and food.

More than 200 riders raised $37,000 last year, said Chairman Mark Hyde.

“This year, our fundraising goal is $50,000.”

Funds raised go to AWARE Central Texas, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas, Coryell CASA and SMILE, among others.

Harriet Brodie, AWARE Central Texas’ director of development, said the ride helps bring awareness to child abuse.

“This annual rally is certainly making a valuable contribution,” Brodie said. “We are grateful to be one of the recipients of this fundraising event, which is truly making a difference and helping our efforts to stop the cycle of violence in our communities.

Register for the ride at www.rideforachild.org. Riders also can register from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Hooters. Donations are $25 for individual riders and $40 for a rider and passenger.

A barbecue lunch is included with registration, and riders and passengers receive commemorative T-shirts and pins. Minors are welcome to join the rally as passengers with a written waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. All minors must wear protective gear, including a helmet.

For more information, call Hyde at (254) 285-1192.

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