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Eighth Annual Ride Against Abuse revs up Monday

Bikers will be on the road for a good cause Monday evening. The 8th Annual Ride Against Abuse is a community awareness event for the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home held early in October, coinciding with the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Few things raise awareness like a convoy of Harleys roaring in unison on the open road.

Executive Director Mary Niemela says they will leave the AmercInn in Calumet at approximately 6:20 after a ceremony to mourn victims of abuse. The group caravan will take US-41 through Hancock, across the bridge, and end at Kestner Waterfront Park next to Chutes n’ Ladders in Houghton. Niemela says the event has been a success from the beginning.

The one year when we had 52 bikes, which was pretty exciting. To have that many bikes, plus their riders, so it was well over 60 people that year. We’ve never had less than 30, I think.

Commuters should be aware of the ride, as a police escort will be slowing traffic.

Niemela says that October sees a spike in interest from the general community regarding the shelter, but the needs of abuse victims exist year round.

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