INVERNESS – A local pregnancy and education center is looking for riders to take a stand against bullying in a "Bikers Against Bullies" motorcycle ride Sept. 7.
The more than 60-mile motorcycle ride, The Friendship Project, will take participants through the scenic back roads of northern Illinois and benefit the Preservation of Human Dignity, or PHD, organization of Inverness. The event will be held rain or shine, bike or drive.
Riders will start and end at the Broken Oar in Port Barrington. Stops include JJ Twigs, Halftime, KC's Cabin and Famous Freddie's. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and bikes leave at 9 a.m. Riders and passengers will enjoy a free complimentary breakfast from Broken Oar.
The ride is $20 per person, including one free patch and poker hand per bike for the first 50 bikes. PHD is planning a prize raffle and live music.
Started in 2011, the ride is meant to raise awareness and funding for the Motivate Prevention Programs run by PHD. The Friendship Project focuses on teaching grade school and middle school youth about recognizing bullying, protecting themselves and being a good friend.
PHD program director Jane Stephen said bullying is a real problem for youth.
"This event is crucial to helping people understand that bullying can be prevented," Stephen said. "We can teach our kids how to build character and be good people."
PHD offers comprehensive counseling, case management and baby closet services to women who are pregnant or parenting a child age three or younger. Programs include pregnancy and decision-making, planning, grief, loss counseling, post-adoption and post-abortion counseling. Women also have access to community-based referrals, pregnancy testing, childbirth preparation, postpartum depression support and parenting education. Motivate Prevention services include programs for adolescents and parents addressing healthy sexual relationships and character development.
Visit www.sphd.org or call 847-359-4967 ext.19 for more information about the ride.