By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 26, 2018 | 1:15 p.m.
VIRGINIA – The Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry, Incorporated, Dinwiddie, hosted its 4th Annual Ride to support autism causes in Dinwiddie and Central Virginia, on Saturday, August 11. This annual ride by the ministry is traditionally held in April each year but was postponed this year due to excessive rain. The ride originated at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Dinwiddie and took a meandering route through the beautiful countryside of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex, with a final ending destination back in Northern Dinwiddie at the Eastside Enhancement Center.
“There were no incidents in the ride due to the well-coordinated and excellent support we received from the Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex County Law Enforcement Officials,” said Joe (Shogun) Parham, Founder, Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry, Incorporated. “This was a complete community effort, executed with professionalism and a little pageantry for the onlookers.”
Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministries begin 4th Annual Ride for Autism. (Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry)
Even though this was a rescheduled ride, the event was an overwhelming success, due to widespread community involvement and support from the biker community. The ride attracted over (60 riders from all across the motorcycling community of Central and Southside Virginia.
The event began with registrations beginning promptly at 9 a.m., and by 10:45 a.m., over 60 bikers had registered to support this worthy cause.
Ann Flippin, Executive Director, Autism Society of Central Virginia, was on-hand and shared community support awareness information for both families and individuals that her organization supports. She highlighted the huge difference that can be made in assisting families and individuals living with autism by events such as the one undertaken by the Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry.
Larry (Phu Watt) Watson, President, Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry, provided the theme of the occasion by making everyone present aware that the ride and its results are a part of the community-focused work, to which the ministry is committed. He went on to announce the Ministry’s 2018 theme, which is, “Walking In the Light.” He explained that the “Light” is the Love of God to all people and Nations, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or religious beliefs.
Members of the Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministries enjoying food and fellowship prior to ride. (Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry)
“Those supporting our ride showed a togetherness and bond that is the strength of our local community and the Nation,” Watson said. “It was quite obvious that an event such as this could not have been possible without volunteers. The Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry would like to recognize AFGE Local 1178; KFC of Dinwiddie; Olive Branch Baptist Church; Tindall Corporation; Kerry Shell and Pop Buffalow; Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex Law enforcement; members of the motorcycle community; and all contributors and volunteers. As a result of all of this support, it was estimated that approximately $1,200 in proceeds will be contributed to the Autism Society of Virginia. This contribution will assist the Autism Society to serve families and individuals in the Tri-Cities, Central and Southside Virginia, and in the greater Richmond area,” Watson said.
“The Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry, Incorporated, is so humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support, community love, and the spirit displayed,” said Parham. “We look forward to displaying continued future positive efforts within our community, by showing the Love of Christ through our actions. And, as always, To God be all the Glory.”
For more information or to make a donation, please visit the Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry at www.crossbearersmm.org.