Bikers ride for a cause in WV Red Cross event
by Karen Franklin
Dozens of bikers hit the West Virginia roads Saturday for a 40-mile stretch through the mountains.
The “Ride for the Red” is benefiting the American Red Cross. The organization hopes to raise thousands through sponsors and biker donations.
“Anytime you can ride your bike, it’s a good day — even if it’s thunderstorming or raining,” Mike Canterberry said. “If you get the opportunity — and of course to support the Red Cross — that’s just a bonus.”
Money will go toward services provided by the Red Cross in West Virginia. Bikers and volunteers hope their support will mean help when they need it to.
“If i ever need it, I want somebody to be there to give it to me,” Johnny Duncan told WOAY. “I want to be the person that tries to help somebody else. I don’t want to be the person that’s in need and not have, and I also don’t want to be the people that take and not give.”
Erica Mani, with the American Red Cross, rode her bike for the fundraiser.
“In west virginia, neighbors like to help neighbors, and the Red Coss is all about being out there and helping our neighbors,” she said. “We’re out there after fires, floods and large storms.”
The bikers started in Bluefield ended in Beckley. They loved the open-air feeling.
“You can get out and feel the wind in your face and see everything,”Duncan said. “You can smell all the smells. The grass and everything. I mean, it’s very enjoyable. It’s better than riding in a car.”
Canterberry said he rode his first motorcycle four years before it was legal.
“I’m no good on a skateboard, so I got a bike when I was about 12 and a little Honda-70 and been riding ever since.”