Created: 06/21/2014 5:49 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Statistics tell us New Mexico has a long way to go before we can guarantee every child is safe and protected. Saturday, New Mexico’s motorcycle community came together to raise money for child abuse prevention.
Dozens of motorcycles flooded through Albuquerque, but it wasn't just for fun. These bikers hit the road for a good cause.
“We love charity and trying to be out in the community as much as we can," said Jeanette Gorman
The Katelynn Stinnett national memorial ride kicked off at "Sol Riders" on Central. The two-year-old Kentucky girl was raped and murdered by her babysitter six years ago. Now, memorial rides are held in every state. This is the fourth year in New Mexico.
"It’s really bad here we have tons and tons of cases. You see it almost daily on the news,” said Shane Stanford. “It’s horrible and we need to try to do everything and anything we can."
A familiar face even helped out. KOB’s Steve Stucker gave a blessing before leading the ride on his motorcycle.
All the money raised by the ride stays in New Mexico and goes to PB&J family services. The organization works to break the cycle of abuse.
"We’re very blessed and very lucky to have the support of the motorcycle community, in New Mexico and across the nation. They are a great group of people and they are the first who step up when it counts." said Tanya Otero-Villalobos with PB&J