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Rotary Gathering 5/4/16

Wow!  What a great gathering we had with our friends from B.A.C.A.!  Duck, Jersey and Bull (pictured in BACAthat order) spoke to us about Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.).  They belong to the New Richmond club and shared stories about how they have helped children across the country and in our communities deal with and persevere after being abused.  B.A.C.A.’s mission is focused purely on helping abused children.  Check out their full mission statement at http://bacaworld.org/mission/ along with how it works and the different levels of help they provide.

It is an amazing service that they offer to children for free; they are a non profit organization which started 20 years ago.  They are in all 50 states and in 16 countries, soon to be in 23 countries by the end of this year.  There are 7 chapters in Wisconsin, 1 in Minnesota with another 1 forming currently.  With 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys being sexually abused by the time they are 18, it’s no wonder what a different B.A.C.A. can make to fight this horrible treatment of children in our communities.

B.A.C.A. gives the children a vest, teddy bear full of hugs, blanket and a biker nick name.  They go to court with the children and support them from start to finish, usually celebrating with a victory ride including ice cream after the court case is finalized.  100% of any money given to B.A.C.A. goes to the gifts, events and support for the children.  The volunteers often pay out of their pocket gas mileage to support these children.

The story I liked best is that they give the child a phone if needed so the child can call them when scared and they will come to their house and surround it with a stake out all night if needed.  We have angels amongst us and they ride motorcycles!  Thank you to B.A.C.A. and their members for give our society and incredible gift – themselves.  You can find out more about the “Keepers of the Children” at www.bacaworld.org or 1-866-71-ABUSE.

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