Blue Wolf Bikers Against Bullying will hold a ride Saturday, Sept. 14 to raise funds to help area students who have been bullied.
There is no charge, and participants can drive motorcycles or cars. Riders will meet at Blue Wolf Cycles at 16242 Blue Wolf Drive off Hwy. 87 southeast of Park Rapids. Register at the shop before the event or by 11 a.m the day of the ride. The ride begins at noon.
Event organizer Angie Behrens of rural Park Rapids said she knows the impacts bullying has because it happened to her daughter Chelsey who is 11.
“My daughter was bullied in school last year,” she said. “The bullying in Park Rapids is just beyond what it should be and they don’t take care of it. Somebody’s got to stand up for these kids and help them. After my daughter got bullied last year and was told to kill herself and told that this world would be better without her and that she should just go away, watching her struggle through all of that was hard. I can relate to all these kids out there who are being bullied and what the parents are going through. My daughter is all for this ride, just as much as me.”
Chelsey said she will be riding with her dad for the event. She has been riding with him since she was 7. “I feel really good about this ride because I want this bullying to stop right now,” she said. “I want people to stop bullying because it hurts.”
Behrens said 50 people have expressed interest in joining the ride so far. “I’ve also got the event on Facebook,” she said. “We’ve got people coming up from the Cities for this.”
Behrens said kids are welcome to ride with their parents.
“My husband is planning a scenic route and wants to do all the back roads where you get pretty scenery and lake views,” she said. The leaves are already starting to change.”
The ride is by freewill donation. “So when they come to go on the ride they make whatever donation they want, whether it’s $10 or $100,” she said. “It’s their choice.”
Riders will go from Blue Wolf Cycles to Nevis, Emmaville, Lake George, Foxy’s and then back to the shop.
Signs are being made to mark the route, along with commemorative T-shirts. All funds raised will go to help youth in Hubbard County affected by bullying. For more information contact Behrens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The ride will go on rain or shine,” she said.
Donations for the fund to help youth who are bullied with counseling, medical or other expenses can be brought to any Tru Star Credit Union. Checks should be made out to Blue Wolf Bikers Against Bullying (BWBAB) will be deposited in an account that will only be used for this cause.
Behrens said her goal is to make the ride an annual event and let parents know help is available.
“I want to get the word out,” she said.
Call 237-6101 for more information.