AUBREY — On Saturday, 50 bicycles and helmets will be given away to Aubrey and Pilot Point elementary students during the second annual Ride for the Kids.
The event, which will take place in downtown Aubrey, is organized and sponsored by Mom’s on Main, the city of Aubrey, Spokes for Hope and Bikers Against Child Abuse to assist Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County in raising awareness of child abuse in the county.
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County is a nonprofit agency that brings justice and healing to abused children through interagency collaboration and community education.
In 2012, the center conducted 745 forensic interviews of abused children, helped bring 70 adult perpetrators to justice and provided 9,004 free therapy services, according to agency officials.
More than 42 bicycles have been donated so far, and organizers need only eight more before Saturday.
Although organizers are just shy of their goal of 50 bicycles, they aren’t worried.
“We’ll get 50 before Saturday,” Mom’s on Main owner Steve Murray said.
He said he is confident because although the event is only in its second year, it has grown a lot since 2012.
“Last year we gave away 15 bicycles,” Murray said. “In three weeks we’ve had 42 bicycles donated. In three weeks.”
The community has been very supportive toward the event, he said.
“They just want to help with whatever they can,” Murray said.
The bicycles and helmets are going to Aubrey and Pilot Point elementary school children, who were selected by their respective elementary school principals.
Debby Sanders, interim superintendent for the Aubrey school district, said children can be chosen to receive a bicycle for a number of reasons.
“For instance, if a principal sees a student walking to school alone by themselves, then they could be a perfect candidate for a bike,” she said.
Sanders said the event is great for the community and the children. The bicycles make a quick and lasting impact on the children who receive them, she said.
“We have one student who got a bike last year and he still rides his bike to school every day,” Sanders said.
Murray is already looking to next year and the next event, stating he expects it will be even bigger.
“I don’t think we’ll have any problem giving away 75 or even 100 bikes,” he said. “It’s getting bigger and more and more people want to be involved. This isn’t just about the Aubrey or Pilot Point community. This is about everyone in the county.”
The event includes food vendors and live music for locals to enjoy themselves, but Murray said the event is meant to inform residents about the need to protect some of the county’s most helpless residents.
The event, scheduled from noon to 5 p.m., will be at 204 S. Main St. in Aubrey. It is free for the public to attend and the bicycles will be given away at approximately 3 p.m.
For more information about the event, call 940-202-4940.
For information about Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, call 972-317-2818.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.