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Bikers Against Bullies

Sep 15, 2013 8:00am - 4:00pm

Broken Oar
614 Rawson Bridge Road
Port Barrington

Take a Stand Against Bullying In the "Bikers Against Bullies" Motorcycle Ride

PHD (Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity), based in Inverness, IL will hold its 3rd annual Motorcycle Ride, "Bikers Against Bullies", to raise funds for the agency's Motivate Prevention Department which offers programs to adolescents and parents on issues such as healthy communication, relationships and bullying.

The ride will rally motorcycle enthusiasts while they enjoy a beautiful ride through the back roads of McHenry County and learn about bullying and its consequences on today's youth.
The ride will start at the Broken Oar and continue approximately 60 miles, circling back to the Oar for an after party.
    Stops include:
        ~ Halftime
        ~ KC's Cabin
        ~ JJ Twig's
        ~ Famous Freddie's.
Registration starts at 8:00 am.
First bike out is 9am and last bike out is 11am.

Participants will enjoy a free complimentary buffet breakfast from the Broken Oar.

Registration is $20 per person and includes one free patch per bike (first 50 bikes) and free poker hand per bike.
In addition to the ride there is also a prize raffle, 50/50 raffles and the chance to win cash prizes for the best poker hands.
Live music by 'Going South' will be featured at the after party.

PHD launched the event in 2011 to raise awareness and funding for the Motivate Prevention Programs run by the agency. The Friendship Project, one of three Motivate programs, was started in 2008 and focuses on teaching grade school and middle school youth about recognizing bullying, protecting themselves and teaching them what it takes to be a good friend.

Bullying is a real problem for our youth and this event is crucial to helping people understand that this problem can be prevented. PHD enters schools with programs that teach kids how to build character and be good people. People will love the event and will want to help take a stand against bullying by riding to show their support.

Cathy Vincus, Executive Director said sponsors and raffle donors are also needed to support the agency's fundraising efforts, "We know this is a hot issue and fortunately PHD has a program that will help. But we need support of local business in the form of sponsorship and product or gift card donations to really make the ride a success."

According to officials at PHD, bullying can have devastating consequences from lowered self-esteem to poor school performance to depression.  Bullying can be prevented if kids are educated. Proceeds of this event will help make sure PHD can get in front of kids and provide them the tools they need to stand up for themselves.

PHD offers comprehensive counseling, case management and baby closet services to women who are pregnant or parenting a child age three or younger. Counseling programs include pregnancy and decision-making, pregnancy planning, grief and loss counseling, post adoption and post abortion counseling. Women also have access to a variety of community based referrals, pregnancy testing, childbirth preparation, postpartum depression support and parenting education.

Motivate Prevention services include programs for adolescents and parents addressing issues on healthy sexual relationships and character development.
In 2012 PHD Motivate Prevention Programs reached out to over 7,000 adolescents and parents.

To learn more about how you can help with 'Bikers Against Bullies' ~ visit www.sphd.org or call (847) 359-4967 x19.

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