On a nice, clear sunny day, taking a ride or a cruise can be a good thing. There’s nothing like taking in the beauty of the day on the open road as many a car, bike rider, or motorcyclist can attest to.
When it’s for a good cause, it only makes it that much better.
This Saturday, June 7th, the North Metro National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is hosting its second annual Cruisin’ for St Jude event. The all-day event runs from 9am-5:30pm and it takes place at Cycle Gear in Lawrenceville (722 Collins Hill Road). The focus of the event is to help raise funds to support the efforts of St Jude Children’s Hospital; with the support of the immediate and surrounding community, including motorcycle riders and other enthusiasts, the hospital’s mission of providing treatment for children who have cancer and other catastrophic diseases, combined with efforts to conduct the research needed in finding cures for such diseases, can be supported.
Through its partnership with the LDAC Foundation and Cycle Gear, the NPHC, which is a collective of Black Greek Letter Organizations (whose chapters are based in Gwinnett, North Fulton, and Hall Counties), is focused on raising at least $6000 for this Saturday’s event; this would nearly double the amount raised last year in their inaugural year.
From 8-9:30am, riders (and their passengers) are able to register on-site; the cost is $25 per biker and $5 per passenger.
At 10am, the event commences with KSU (Kickstands Up) as the riders proceed on the route.
“We are still accepting donations for this Saturday’s event”, notes NPHC president Michelle LaLand (a member of the Gwinnett County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.).
The event is indeed a community-themed event. With multiple sponsoring businesses and vendors, door-prizes, and other activities, families and others are encouraged and invited to attend. Updates leading up to Saturday’s event are available on Facebook (CrusinforStJude and NMNPHC) and Twitter (@NMPHC4StJude), and the organization may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Saturday is a great way to enjoy the thrill of riding and doing so for a good cause in supporting efforts to improve the health of children and other young people; it sounds like a great way to “ride out” and get the kickstands up!