A Letter From The President….
Several years ago, I would never guessed that I would be in charge of an organization for fallen riders & their families. Unfortunately still, bikers are stereo-typed, and that to me is a sad fact. I have met so many wonderful people through Children Of Fallen Riders & Leathers 4u. If you think I am joking – check out this video – a commercial that was used for a beer company.
Many of you that are reading this, will know the story, some may not. COFR was originally “Al’s Ride for life,” and started as an informal run for a friend that went down, and later lost his life. Than, a year later, another friend, and it deemed the title of “The Magic Carpet Ride. ” It was run by Tim and Joe those two years, and than was resurrected in 2009, that’s when I got involved with COFR.
I hate to say it, but the truth is, that bikers are still stigmatized, and I’d like to change that as well. I came into this equation when COFR was resurrected and also became 1/2 owner of Leathers 4U, and am now a biker by association, and I say that proudly. There is nothing like it and maybe next spring, I will be riding that trike!
COFR is a small organization, and we have grown over the past few years, and gained our 501 (c)3 status, which means we are a legal corporation and have to uphold what we stand for. Helping families of fallen riders.
Helping us grow is what our volunteers and supporters do through out the year, but one thing I have learned along the way of this road is sometimes it’s an uphill battle. Why? and here is what I have run across during research to help get funds, donations, sponsorships and press coverage. Why again I ask? because “It’s Biker Related”
A bikers voice started this charity, a bikers voice needs to be heard in unison to make it all that it can be. While trying to get coverage of our events, not only to assist the charity to grow, because it’s a great cause the events are put together well, and people talk about them for months after.
Why do the papers not call back? Why does the local media not get involved?
Let’s put our voices together and let’s be heard.
Join us for our Winter Event – We are going to Bluesify the Sundance Saloon in Waukegan on January 21st, 2012. Spend some time with old friends, and meet some new ones and let’s BE HEARD!
COFR is for the bikers and run by bikers !
Thank you again to all our volunteers!
To the bands that offer up their time!
To Joe for his calm “voice of reason”
To Tim for his “voice & vision”
To WIIL Rock 95.1 for their continued support!
On behalf of Children of Fallen Riders – Susie Kleiner – President