MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/22/13) – While the engines roar down the highway, the quiet members of the Dixie Flyers Motorcycle Club will be helping local children get ready for school.
The group, which supports various projects all year, will hold its’ fifth "Back Pack Run," Saturday, July 27 to collect school supplies for distribution at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 under the canopy of Kroger on Island Ford Road in Madisonville.
The motorcycle club, along with individual riders and other club members, will begin at 1 p.m. from the Dixie Flyer's clubhouse on 669 AC Slaton Road in Madisonville. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The club is asking participants to bring a backpack filled with school supplies in lieu of a registration fee. Monetary donations will be accepted and then a club member will purchase supplies, said Tony "Cochise" Smith, club spokesman.
Last year, about 350 children were supplied with items to help them in the new school year. The line began to form about an hour before, Smith said.
"We usually tell them to take what they need," he said. "I usually say, 'Take what you need and if you don't need it, leave it for somebody else.' I was amazed at how polite and mannerly the kids were. They only took what was appropriate for their class."
After the 45-minute-to-one-hour ride, activities such as bike challenge games, auctions, door prizes, music and food sales will go on "until the last one leaves," said Smith.
Funds raised from food sales will go toward buying more school supplies. Checks should be made payable to: DFMC. Donations of supplies or money may be made the day of the ride or up to Aug. 3 at either location of Father and Sons Liquors.
Students must pick up their own backpacks and supplies from club members during the Aug. 4 giveaway. Supplies will not be given to adults and only one backpack per child will be given.
The DFMC has been in organization in Madisonville since 1938 and has been raising funds for community needs each year.
"We started the backpack run because we wanted to do something for community children," said Smith. "It appeals to the fathers in the group and it's a very humbling and beautiful thing to see those children with things they need for school."
Club members will lead and follow the ride for safety precautions and the group reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone behaving irresponsibly. The club is not responsible for accidents, said Smith.
For more information, call "Ditch" at (270) 841-9400.
Rita Dukes Smith