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Charity ride is Saturday
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A charity motorcycle ride will be held at noon Saturday beginning on Harmony Church Road to raise funds for funeral costs associated with the loss of a child.

The event will be hosted by Charlie's Little Angels and the Wingmen Motorcycle Club.

Crystal Forrester, a representative of Charlie's Little Angels, said that the original intent of the ride was to raise money for a terminal child, but the child passed away before the ride could happen.

"When we were organizing the ride we did have a little boy in mind that we were going to help," Forrester said. "But the boy passed away a few weeks ago and a church stepped in to help his family."

Forrester said the ride will now help raise funds for the next family who needs assistance.

"We don't only help pay for funeral costs," Forrester said. "We also help pay for cancer treatments for kids. As long as we have funding and it comes to helping in general, we will do it."

The organization has helped at least two Dawson County families in the past, according to Forrester.

Charlie's Little Angels Inc. began on July 1, 2010 when a 3-year-old boy named Charlie Winters from Forsyth County passed away in a car accident. At the time his parents were both injured in the same wreck and were unable to pay for his funeral and the medical bills that followed.

Through donations and fundraisers, Charlie's Little Angels were able to pay for the funeral of its namesake and help the family with their medical bills.

The organization also donates time at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta where they throw pizza parties for children and do crafts.

Forrester said the main goal of the organization isn't just to assist families with children in need.

"The main goal is to be able to raise enough funds to be able to own and operate the first non-profit funeral home in America," Forrester said. "We are sending thousands upon thousands of dollars to pay for children's funerals at other funeral homes, so we would love to have one where we didn't have to charge families that lose young children."

Participants in the ride are asked to gather at 11 a.m. at 928 Harmony Church Road. The ride costs $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. Riders should have a full tank of gas for the trip.

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