Charity bike ride held for 9/11 kids
Hundreds of bikers rode from Downtown Manhattan to Pomona in an annual charity ride Saturday to raise money for children of 9/11 victims.
The event was organized by a group of construction union tradesmen, some of whom were ground zero rescue and recovery workers, to help a charity called Tuesday's Children. The charity provides children of Sept. 11 victims with programs and services.
?These kids are growing up without their mothers and fathers, they still feel it,? says Greg Nolan, the charity ride?s organizer. ?We want to let these kids know that we haven't forgotten them.?
The rally, which brings more than 400 bikers together, has gained international attention over the years, attracting people from around the country and even from as far as Switzerland.
?We came from California to do this,? says Emma Lujan, a participant. ?We want to give back as much as we can because everyone [has] given so much.?
The charity bike ride has been going on since 2002. Its participants hope to raise $75,000 to $100,000 from Saturday?s event.
?Their desire to give back to our organization that provides services for victims? families makes me feel wonderful and very humble,? says Carmine Calzonetti, a participant.