Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

AFSP Certificate of Appreciation Presentation 2015

Written by  May 30, 2015

A lot of Cycle Connections readers are veterans, and know that the U.S. loses 22 service members per day to suicide. Sadly, there are more statistics of note for mid-coast riders and veterans:

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Kansas and Missouri
  • On average, one person dies by suicide every 10.23 hours in Missouri
  • On average, one person dies by suicide every 21.84 hours in Kansas

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a national, non-profit organization made up of local chapters at the state level, actively waging the war on suicide through research, education and advocacy.

The Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma is a local benefit ride for the local Kansas and western Missouri (Greater KC area) that has raised thousands of dollars over the past two years. Last year’s event drew over 190 riders and raised $14,691.97.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Barb Nelson, AFSP Chairperson, Greater Kansas Chapter and Stacy Jones, AFSP Board Member, Greater KC Chapter met at Cycle Gear and the Shawnee Cycle Plaza for Certificate of Appreciation presentations in honor of the 2015 ride primary sponsors.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Glenn Thompson of Cycle Gear in appreciation of items donated for last year’s ride, including but not limited to, helmets, leather jackets, chaps, vests, tools and more. Cycle Gear has been a primary sponsor for the Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma for the past two years.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Barry Bruner and Doris Sarver of Shawnee Cycle Plaza. Shawnee Cycle Plaza has been the host location for the Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma for the past two years. SCP has also been instrumental in donations, planning, promoting and organizing the Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma.

A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to Michael Oldfield, President of the KC Vulcan Riders Association, and Eric and Dena Finney of KCVRA in appreciation of a lot of the behind-the-scenes work. KCVRA has led efforts in promotions, donation gathering, ride sign-ups and planning, organizing and leading last year’s Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma.

The 2015 Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma will be on June 27, 2015. If you register online before 6/7/15, the cost is $25 for riders and $15 for passengers and you will be guaranteed a shirt in the size of your choice. If you wait until after 6/7/15 the price goes up and some of you "Omar the Tent Maker" guys might end up with a headband.

Please consider donating to the AFSP Greater KC chapter by going to Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma and giving whatever you can. Together, one at a time, one dollar at a time, we can make a difference.

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