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Riders Prepare for Ride for Missing Children

By Allison Norlian

WASHINGTON MILLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - Riders brought their bikes to the Valentino Banquet Hall in Washington Mills, on Thursday, in preparation for the 17th annual "Ride For Missing Children."

What started out as seven men biking from Utica to Washington D.C. In 1995 has expanded tremendously over the past seventeen years to four hundred and eighty riders. This years ride will be about ninety miles from Oneida to New Hartford.

The Mohawk Valley Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's message is "saving children one child at a time."

Wendy Fical, Program Director for The Mohawk Valley Office says, it's about the kids.

Fical said, "It's given the riders a new generation for that hope that we're trying to keep riders and raise money to find those missing kids."

Dick Jordan, one of the seven founders of the original ride said it was an honor to be riding again.

Jordan said, "We are trying to do what we can to bring children home and to raise awareness to keep kids and young adults safe."

The purpose of this ride is to honor and remember the missing and exploited children, to raise public awareness and to raise funds by poster distribution and community education.

Donations are still being accepted. If you text Theride to 20222, $10 will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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