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Calgary biker group aims to help abused children

A group of southern Alberta bikers may have a tough image, but they say their hearts are gentle and caring.

Bikers Against Child Abuse says public support has been 'overwhelming'

'Wheels' is the president of the Calgary chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse. He says the group helps pay for counselling for children affected by abuse. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

A group of southern Alberta bikers may have a tough image, but they say their hearts are gentle and caring.

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) hit the road between Calgary and Canmore on Saturday, hoping to raise about $15,000 — but not before filling up on the most important meal of the day.

About 100 bikers enjoyed a pancake breakfast in the parking lot of the Harley Davidson store to plan their ride.

The president of the local chapter, who goes by "Wheels," says some aspects of the fundraiser might surprise people who aren't familiar with motorcyclists.

"They've got bouncy castles for the kids," Wheels explained.

The group hoped to raise about $15,000 at their Saturday fundraiser. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

"We've got a bunch of kid's bikes and games and stuff that are going to be surprises for the children."

BACA raises money to pay for things like counselling for children and families affected by abuse.

The chapter's public relations officer, who goes by "Got That," says the local chapter started three years ago but they have only recently started raising money.

BACA spokesperson "Got That" says people often tell him they wish the group had been around when they were children. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

"I think last September was our first fundraiser and since then we got a whole bunch of children who have joined us and that gets used up pretty quick with counselling," he said.

Wheels adds public support in general, has been overwhelming.

BACA Calgary members rode from Calgary to Canmore after a pancake breakfast, as part of a fundraising event Saturday. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

"We get people coming up all the time saying I wish you were around when I was younger," Wheels said.

"I hear that daily and I agree because I wish something like this had been around when I was younger."

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