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Courage for courage: bike ride supports child abuse programs

Posted on May. 3, 2014 ( comments)

Children can’t hide or run from the reality of child abuse – and neither can we. In 2013, more than 1,200 children, from toddlers to teens, were treated for physical and sexual abuse at the Child Abuse Intervention Department (CAID) at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Most of the children were abused at the hands of the very people who should have protected and defended them.

It takes commitment and courage to stand up to child abuse — on the part of the victims, their families, law enforcement, the specially trained clinicians and advocates at CAID — and the community. In 1991, the Rotary Clubs of Pierce County established an endowment; the funds from that endowment represent the single largest funding source for CAID.

The annual Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, organized by Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, takes legs, but what it really takes is heart. Yes, the riders challenge three mountain passes and spend three days on a bike seat — but they also conquer child abuse and spend months raising funds for this critically important cause.

Courage Classic riders sign up because they believe in the cause: They are “pedaling for the kids.” Hundreds of Rotarians support the ride by volunteering and hosting rest stops. Companies, including Alaska Airlines and UPS, sponsor the ride and organize large teams of riders.

Registration for the 2014 Courage Classic is open. You can sign up to ride and raise funds yourself, organize a team, volunteer or simply help a rider reach his or her fundraising goals by making an online donation. You do not have to know the rider; choose someone and give them a nice boost! Of course, it’s really not for the riders – it’s for the kids.

Because of the generosity of the ride’s sponsors and the incredible support from the Rotary Clubs of Pierce County, 100 percent of your donation benefits children in our community.

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