MAKING OUR CHILDREN SAFER, ONE CHILD AT A TIME
What started as a small group of bicyclists that hoped to raise awareness for the plight of one missing child has grown into the biggest annual fundraiser for The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children.
NOT JUST A BIKE RIDE
In 1995, a group of 7 men rode their bicycles from Utica, New York to Washington, D.C. They arrived on the Capitol steps on May 25th, National Missing Children’s Day. Two years later, inspired by that first ride, a group of 43 riders rode their bicycles 100 miles from Albany, NY to Utica, NY to bring awareness for the plight of missing children and to bring a message of safety to the people they met along the way.
For Utica, NY, the bicycles are a tribute to Sara Anne Wood, who was walking her bike when she was abducted. They are the vehicles we use to make our journey and carry our message along. They provide a visible means to spread our message about the plight of missing and exploited children, and the importance of child safety education. Our bicycles help us to communicate with those whom we ride by and to educate those that we visit.
New York Sash is so proud to be the Platinum Plus sponsor of the 2019 Ride for Missing Children taking place on June 7th. The Ride is a one-day, 100-mile bike ride that stops at schools along the route to bring a message of safety. All participating Riders make a vow to raise a minimum of $500 and to commit to the purpose of the The Ride:
- To honor the memory of all missing children
- Raise public awareness of the plight of all missing and exploited children and the need for child safety education
- To raise funds to support the missing children poster distribution and community education
WHY WE RIDE
“So much surrounding missing children is out of our control. We can’t keep our children in a bubble, but we can protect them better than ever before. We can keep the Center running, keep those posters printing, we can keep searching. And for those families who need our help, we can stop the world for one day in Central New York. We can help, we can hope, and we can shine a big, beautiful light on the mission: To Keep Our Children Safe, One Child At A Time.”