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05/11/07 - Center

Bikers Rally For Abused Children

by Donna McCollum

On working days they're your banker or car salesman. Come this weekend they'll be difficult to recognize.    " They come in in their leather and their do rags and sometimes they think, who is that." Cindy Hutchens calls them huge supporters of the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center. She directs the place where children tell their darkest secrets.  

Hutchens said, " It's not because we have more of it in Shelby county, but I think it's because we're doing something about it over here." She's referring to the sexual abuse of children. Wanted posters get the entire community involved. The search is on for a 31 year old who allegedly raped a young girl. Shelby County District Attorney Lynda K. Russell said,  " And she is at this point 13 years old and about 7 months pregnant." and two more young victims have since come forward.

Hutchins attributes that to child abuse prevention programs offered by the Children's Advocacy Center. Hutchens said, " Every school in Shelby County has allowed us to come in there and teaches kids how to recognize, resist and report abuse."  

And that appeals to these weekend bikers. They'll raise thousands of dollars Saturday at the fifth annual Thunder on the Bend Motorcycle Fun Run and Rally. Sponsor, Donald Monroe recalled,  " I think we had 300 or something like that register last year and probably twice that many that showed up."    " You can see every type of bike that's going to be that's out there on the road from your nicest Harley's to the affordable metric bikes and everything in between," said Nathan Kaluza, a participant and owner of a motor sport shop.

So when you see hundreds of bikers in East Texas this weekend, give them a thumbs up. They're helping the kids who need it the most.  

The Thunder on the Bend Motorcycle Rally is May 19th. Registration is at the Center Wal Mart from 8:30 to 10:30 for the fun run and a cash prize. Or your can join the crowd at Harvey's Landing on Toledo Bend. You'll find a stunt show, bike show and lots of food and entertainment,

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