Registration for bikes, riders and co-riders begins at 9 a.m. with the first bike out at 10 a.m. and the last at 11 a.m.
Registration is $10 for riders, $5 for co-riders plus a pair of new athletic type shoes for each bike entered. The small registration fee includes a delicious barbecue lunch at 2 p.m. and eligibility for door prizes after lunch, all provided by Trinity Riders.
All proceeds go to the purchase of new shoes to be part of August’s Shoes For Orphan Souls drive.
“We should have the most perfect day for our ride this year,” said Keith Gombash, event organizer. “We’ve got a great event planned with tons of door prizes including helmets, jackets, boots and other items especially attractive to bikers,” added Gombash.
Last year about 60 bikers contributed 220 pair to the final drive tally of about 3,500 pair from Bradley County destined for the feet of orphans in East Tennessee, the U.S. and around the world.
“Just imagine a line of orphans 3,500 children long, all about to get their own pair of new shoes and socks. That’s what I see when I remember what the good folks of Bradley County did last year,” said Gombash.
“And it means so much more than that when you realize that children in Third-World countries mostly cannot attend school unless they have a real pair of shoes. It’s a crazy rule, but that’s the way it is. So, a simple pair of new shoes to an orphan often means an education and I want to be part of that.”
Gombash has been to Kenya on two occasions to place shoes on the feet of orphans and to help build orphan housing and classrooms there.
For information on the ride or the Shoes For Orphan Souls drive in August, call Keith Gombash at 774-8324.