Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover
Good Afternoon All,
As some of you may know, I am a Harley rider and the discretionary officer/photographer for our local LCHOG Chapter in Leesburg, FL. When I was riding in Orlando with a group one day I was dressed in full leathers, sleeveless shirt, tattoos on both arms, and sun glasses. We took a break to walk around and as I approached the corner to cross the street, a Mother and her young daughter where also waiting to cross. The little girl looked at me and smiled so I smiled back and waved. The mother noticed me, grabbed her daughter by the arm and dragged her across the street. A very stereotyped moment. I guess the mother thought I was some badass biker dude up to no good. I would have laughed if it wasn't so sad.
In June, 2015, I photographed a Harley Davidson fund raiser with proceeds going to a group known as BACA; "BIKERS AGAINST CHILD ABUSE". This is a international organization of bikers that volunteer their time to help children of child abuse or domestic violence. You can find all the information by visiting their site @http://bacaworld.org
Now these men and women of this group, although they may look like typical bikers, have hearts of gold. They are not outlaws nor are they looking for trouble. They are everyday, hard working people who choose to take a stand and help protect and support children of abusive situations. Here is a news link as an example of the wonderful work this group does. http://m.newson6.com/story.aspx?story=26097532&catId=112042
So please, when you see a biker, just smile, nod your head in acknowledgement, and show them some respect. We, as bikers, are just regular people. Some are good, and some, not so good. You never know what a person is like inside that rough exterior. Who knows, that person just might be a angel in leather.
Thank you for reading and as always, thank you for your support. Have a great day.
Well said and absolutely true. You can't judge a book by it's cover. Bless you.
I know quite a few BACA members. It's a difficult organization to get into. Prospective members are vetted to the highest standards. But that's just the beginning. BACA members will respond to any threat to kids, anywhere, any time, They'll drop whatever they're doing - including work, arguably the biggest thing in most folks' world - immediately, without hesitation, to bring assistance or or come to the aid of a kid in need.
I guess it's a biker thing. When we make a promise you can take it to the damned bank. We don't make promises lightly. But when we do...
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