Thanks to the Sun City Roadrunners Motorcycle Club for sharing the details of a charity ride they did in December to distribute money they collected throughout the year to help local charitable agencies:
'A RIDE FOR CHARITY'
By Bob Kruppa
Each year the Sun City Roadrunner Motorcycle Club collects money for local charities. This includes agencies that tend to the needs of both people and animals. This year the Roadrunners selected three organizations for our annual charity ride: Maranatha Farm in Ridgeland, Jasper Animal Rescue Mission in Ridgeland, and The Salvation Army in Bluffton.
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A hardy group of bikers turned out on a crisp December morning for our charity ride. We traveled up S.C. 170 to 462 and eventually took a dirt road to Maranatha Farms, where owner Karen Wilkins was waiting for us with hot chocolate, brownies and an open pit fire. We met Buckshot, one of the more sad cases at Maranatha who was shot early in life and lost the ability to use his hind legs.
No matter how bad an animal's conditions, Karen never turns down anyone. Some dogs or cats she will keep for the rest of the animal's life at the farm. In Buckshot's case, Karen built a set of wheels for the dog, and this helps him move around quite freely. It is amazing how well these dogs can adapt.
The farm has separate areas depending on the size and condition of a dog or cat. There is a separate facility, called "The Cat House," where all of the felines live.
Our next stop was a few miles down the road at the Jasper Animal Rescue Mission. Before we entered the main gate, we had to spray our boots to ensure that no harmful bacteria would be brought in to infect the dogs and cats. JARM is led by Carol Adams, who does an outstanding job in taking in, housing and finding homes for dogs and cats.
Pets are kept both inside and outside, and there is a general play area for exercise.
Both facilities welcome donations, as well as volunteers.
Every ride that the Roadrunners takes involves food, and this ride was no exception. We stopped at Saigon Cafè in Bluffton, where we filled up on some excellent Vietnamese cuisine and then walked next door to the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is an international movement; its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination. More than 30 million people nationally received help from the Salvation Army in 2008. This help is in the form of community aid and fellowship, rebuilding lives and providing comfort and support to those in need. We presented the final check of the day to Inas Fuller at Bluffton's Salvation Army.
When riding home we had a good feeling that we had helped those who are less fortunate in life.