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Cruisin’ for Kidz raises $10K for charity

Published 9:05pm Monday, September 19, 2011

Children’s Harbor raised $10,000 Saturday during Cruisin’ for Kidz, a motorcycle ride to benefit Children’s Harbor and Camp Conquest.

Tammy Jackson, director of community relations at Children’s Harbor, said a total of 37 bikes participated in the inaugural ride that the camp plans to make an annual event.

“It was the perfect first time out,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for it to go better.”

The ride began Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and participants traveled north on Highway 63 before turning west on U.S. 280. The bikers then rode through Childersburg, Calera, Clanton and Wetumpka before making their way back to the Children’s Harbor lodge.

“Every year we serve 19 different illness groups that we donate this facility to. For those of you who don’t know, that’s what we do. We serve seriously ill children and their families and this year we chose to partner with Camp Conquest,” Jackson told participants shortly before their departure. “It’s a camp for children with severe burns and it’s a great camp. All of the camps we offer our facilities to are great, and so next year we’ll choose a different one of our illness camps and partner with them.”

Jim Ray, executive director of Children’s Harbor, said the event was held in honor of the Hirn family, who are both Camp Conquest visitors and sponsors of the event.

“They’re supporters and they went through a tragedy in their family with a car wreck,” Ray explained. “One of their children died in the accident and the other members of the family were burned as well. So we just wanted to honor them through this.”

Participants Hunky Daniel and Richard Lubben said they chose to participate in the motorcycle ride because it was for a good cause and they wanted to help the campers.

“We figured we’d ride along today and help the kids out,” Lubben said.

Jim Peace, president and CEO of Russell Medical Center, also participated in the ride.

“I’m a bike rider,” Peace said. “I have a passion. I’ve ridden all my life, so this is an opportunity to come out and do what I love, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to support something that I have a passion for, which is the children at this camp. Russell Medical Center has always been a proud supporter of Children’s Harbor and it’s encouraging we’ve got people from different parts of the state that have come out.”

Jackson said Children’s Harbor would like to thank the Alabama State Troopers for supporting the ride with a trooper escort. She also thanked Russell Medical Center, Thames Construction, Jim Skinner Ford, Crosby-Drinkard Group, Central Alabama Roofing and the Hirn Family Foundation for their sponsorship of the event.

“It’s a great cause, what Children Harbor stands for and what it does,” John Thames of Thames Construction said. “I helped them put all this together after the tornadoes, so I just feel attached to it. … Whatever I can do to help, that’s what I’m here for.”

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