It’s a pretty safe bet that when you see bikers rolling down the highway throttling their motorcycles, you don’t immediately connect them with a group that’s focused on breaking the chains of child abuse.
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But that’s exactly what BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) is all about.
Here’s how you can support this dedicated group that’s making a huge difference for abused children in our community.
On Saturday, Oct. 27 you can join these men and women in a fundraiser motorcycle ride from Shingle Springs to Cameron Park Lake, followed by a barbecue, music, raffle, family games (are you up for a three-legged race or egg toss?) and more. If you don’t ride motorcycles, join the group at Cameron Park Lake (2987 Cambridge Road in Cameron Park) at 2 p.m. for the festivities.
If you choose to ride with the group, meet at 3976 Durock Road in Shingle Springs at 12:30 p.m. for snacks and beverages. The ride will start from there, ending at Cameron Park Lake.
Recognizing that help is needed for abused children above and beyond the constantly-overwhelmed legal and social systems, this group has adopted the credo, “No Child Deserves to Live in Fear.” Working in concert with state and local officials, BACA members are prepared to lend their physical and emotional support to abused children.
This group is comprised of men and women from all walks of life who provide aid, comfort, safety and support for children who have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. Much of their fundraising efforts go to providing money for therapy for these kids — many of whom don’t qualify for state funding under conventional regulations.
BACA members are dedicated to understanding many aspects of child abuse, and attend workshops focused on childhood trauma, effects of abuse, and effective ways of communicating with victims of childhood abuse.
How do they achieve their goals of keeping children free from fear of their predators? In many cases, it’s a matter of simply showing up. These bikers offer escort services for the children, sending a message far and wide that these men and women are there to offer a protected and safe environment for abused kids. These children know they can count on the BACA bikers for many reasons — giving them hope and courage, and even a feeling of empowerment.
For more information about this barbecue fundraiser, contact Marcy at 916-296-9434 or Lena at 916-470-7451. To find out more about BACA, visit bacaworld.org.