The Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally kick-started on Monday, Sept. 27 and runs until Oct. 3, with smooth scenic rides and many local businesses participating in the events.
One special group is taking Bike Week to the next level, though; the Pee Dee, S.C. chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, or B.A.C.A, is taking to the roads to raise awareness of child abuse. The chapter is hosting a charity ride during the week, doing 5 stops along the route to the Grand Strand.
“That’s a horrible way to exist. It takes the joy out of living, it takes any kind of excitement out of living,” a B.A.C.A member told ABC 15 News in South Carolina. “So, what B.A.C.A. does is we come together to make sure that that child, or children in some cases, know that we, in fact, are there to support them.”
B.A.C.A is an amazing organization that takes the threatening image of bikers and puts it to good use. Their website states, “We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence.”
Hundreds of Bikers Gathered for Friend’s Memorial
In late August, hundreds of bikers came together in Sand Springs, Oklahoma to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Allen Simpson. Simpson died in a motorcycle accident over July 4th; his fiancée Mariah Meschkat was involved in the crash but survived. The couple had a 2-year-old daughter, Jentri, who Meschkat said is “the closest thing I have to him [Simpson].”
It was reported that Simpson lost control of his motorcycle and suffered a fractured skull. He was taken to the ICU and spent several days there before dying from a bleed in his brain.
Bikes were Simpson and Meschkat’s passion; “That was our life really. Being parents and riding Harleys,” said Meschkat. She’s thankful to still be alive for her daughter; she says she has a little piece of Simpson still with her in their child.
The huge group of bikers went on a 6-stop Poker Run to honor Simpson and to raise money for his family. “I know he’s looking down and so happy that we have so many people here for us to support us,” Meschkat told News on 6 out of Oklahoma.
Family friend DJ Burris said if Simpson would be emotional if he could see the support for his family. “All these bikes are for him,” said Burris. “He’d probably bust down in tears.”