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Cycles for Charity remembers patients

POSTED: October 19, 2009 9:25 a.m.
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Kevin Zieran and his son Joshua Zieran, 5, get ready to ride in Cycles For Charity.

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Nearly 30 riders braved the windy chill on Saturday morning to kick off the Mayors’ Motorcade fundraiser with the city’s third annual Cycles For Charity.
Riders met at Irene B. Thomas Park and warmed themselves with coffee and the promise of a cookout upon their return, and readied to ride to Jesup and back. The trip was expected to last about two hours.
The donation of money and unwrapped gifts the riders brought when they signed up will benefit adult patients at Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah.
Ellen Jones and her husband, Gregory Head, brought their wheels to the event for the first time.
“I like to support whatever charity comes along, and I just like to ride,” said Jones, who has been riding for about five years. “We like helping people.”
Krystal Britton, public relations manager with the city of Hinesville, said the recipients are patients who don’t necessarily have family close by or who come to visit them in the hospital.
Gifts such as new CDs, bedroom slippers and robes, snacks, art suppliers, games, puzzles and books will be delivered Dec. 9 when the Mayors’ Motorcade travels to Savannah.
Kevin Zieran and his son, 5-year-old Joshua, were also first-time riders with Cycles for Charity. Joshua said what he likes best about riding motorcycles is that “they go fast.”
Mayors’ Motorcade was created by the Georgia Municipal Association in 1958 and dozens of cities hold their own to benefit mental health and mental retardation patients in Georgia hospitals. Gifts are provided to patients when they first arrive and for birthdays, as well as for Christmas.
Donations for the motorcade — new, unwrapped gifts and monetary donations — may be dropped off at city hall, the Hinesville Fire Department and Hinesville Police Department.
For more information, call Britton at 876-3564.

 

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