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Harley group rides to stop child abuse

July 15, 2013

Mia Burch, left, waits patiently for her hot dog from Carla Redlin Saturday at a Guardians of the Children fundraiser. Carla is secretary for the nonprofit child advocacy organization. (HERALD photo/Andreia Medlin)

What would be cooler than an escort of the booming, clattering, deafening roar of several Harley Davidson riders to pretty much anywhere you went? How safe would you feel flanked by men and women in their leathers standing beside you while you testified against someone who hurt you?

Guardians of the Children is a nonprofit organization established to help abused children. The Wildcat chapter held a fundraiser Saturday to help aid in assisting children who have been abused. It was a little bit of fun for an important cause.

GOC works in conjunction with CASA, Battered Women, West Texas Centers MHMR and Big Brother's Big Sisters.

“All the money stays with GOC,” said chapter president Samuel Hull, a.k.a. “Bullet.”

Aside from being chapter president, Hull has a personal stake in child advocacy — his wife was severely abused as a child.

I just want to help the children,” he said.

Volunteers offer protection for children before during and after court appearances.

“Sometimes the parents can't go to court with the child,” Hull explained. By accompanying a child to court, the leather clad Harley riders set a tone providing a safe atmosphere for truthful and complete testimony, he added.

Funding provides gas money to and from court or counseling appointments, but it is also used to treat the children to an opportunity for fun.

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