Police gear up for yearly charity ride
by Megan Thornton mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
October 12, 2012 02:03 AM | 215 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Police Department and local motorcyclists will kick up their kickstands tomorrow for the Shop with a Hero Charity Motorcycle Ride.

All donations will go toward purchasing gifts for children in need for the holiday season during the Woodstock Police Foundation’s Shop with a Hero program.

Riders can join the event by registering at 9:30 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot on Highway 92 and Trickum Road. The ride will begin at 11 a.m.

The approximately 50 mile ride around Cherokee County will circle back and end with lunch at Guston’s Grille located at 12195 Highway 92.

All riders are requested to donate $25 per bike, which is tax-deductable as the Woodstock Police Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization.

Organizing the ride is Woodstock Police Sgt. Shane Collie, who said the ride is in its third year. Collie said he expects to have at least 100 riders participate in this year’s event.

“Last year wasn’t so big, but I think we planned it out better this year,” Collie said. “If everybody holds true to their word, we’ll probably have 100 to 120 bikes.”

Collie said he hopes to raise as much money as possible, as all funds go to a holiday shopping event for underprivileged children to buy gifts with a Woodstock police officer.

“If we could walk out having made $3,000 I would be extremely pleased,” Collie said.

Following the ride, there will also be an auction with items donated from Home Depot as well as T-shirts that will be sold for $15 each.

Collie said he hopes the foundation will be able to help more kids than last year’s 116 who were able to participate in Shop with a Hero, which has taken the children to shop at Walmart in recent years. The numbers have increased in recent years, with about 87 in 2020 and about 60 children participating in 2009.

“We’re looking at about 130 kids this year,” Collie said.

He said many bikers donate more than the suggested fee to ride, so he has high hopes for this year’s donations.

“Bikers have a big heart anyways,” Collie said. “And it’s great because it’s the kids who really benefit.”

For more information, contact Sgt. Shane Collie at (770) 592-6030 or at bcollie@woodstockga.gov.

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