The Children's Wish Foundation benefited from a fundraiser held in Robert's Arm recently, involving some nice rides, all shined up. James Russell is the President of a Biker Club – however it’s probably not the kind you’re thinking of.
James Russell presents a cheque to Everett and Brenda Butt of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Russell says he and some friends from the Green Bay area started Republic Riders about four years ago. The riding club is meant as a social group of bike owners in the area, and be a way to share their love and passion for being out on the open road on their bikes.
“We want to sort of take away the typical stereotype of what people think motorcycle riders are,” says Russell. “People have this image of rough and tough people out to cause trouble – but this isn’t like that at all.”
In fact, if anything, Republic Riders is out to bring good back into the communities they represent.
“Every year we choose a charity, and hold a fundraiser to help that charity,” says Russell.
The group chooses a cause, and any money raised from that year’s event goes right to the charity.
This year, the group chose the Children’s Wish Foundation. Their fundraiser was a Show and Shine Ride.
“A show and shine is basically an opportunity for bike owners to clean up their bikes, shine them up really nice, and show them off to the public,” explained Russell. “It’s basically like a car show, but only it’s for bikes.”
The event was open to anyone who had a motorcycle and wanted to participate, he said. The response was great.
“We had some really nice bikes and people came from all over,” he said. Bikes and visitors were in Robert’s Arm for the Show and Shine earlier this month, where they handed out awards for things like Best North American Made bike, Best Custom Made Bike, and Best Bike overall, among others.
“The awards were judged by the public,” he explained. “Everyone had a chance to go around, look at the bikes, and vote for their favourites.”
In total, the event raised over $2400 dollars for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Russell says they look forward to doing other events in the future that will help other local charities.