LEICESTER, Mass. — The Leicester-based organization Project New Hope will be hosting its first ever Motorcycle Run in August, giving riders an opportunity to take to the scenic roads around the Quabbin Reservoir while helping veterans and their families.
The motorcycle ride will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Cross Roads Route 20 at 1701 Park St. in Palmer.
Started by Leicester's Bill Moore, the Massachusetts chapter of Project New Hope is a 501 C 3 non-profit that offers free weekend retreats to combat veterans and their families to include our Gold Star Families (those who have lost a spouse or child in war).
According to Moore, that board member Tina Brohman came up with the idea for the event in an effort to raise funds for the retreats.
"Hopefully a lot of people will show up and we'll get a good ride," said Moore.
Supported entirely by donations, the retreats are designed to provide education, training and skills necessary to manage life after wartime services, helping veterans cope with the combat exposure that can affect work, marriage and families negatively.
Next weekend, Moore said there are 30 families signed up for the single and married veterans retreat to be held at Grotonwood.
"So that's close to 100 people — one of our biggest ones yet," he said.
In October, Project New Hope will host a retreat for women veterans at the Barton Center, which Moore said already has 45 veterans signed-up.
With a wide variety of activities offered, participants make the experience their own, using the retreat to recover from whatever way they feel that the war has personally affected them. Whether it is healing from combat stress, PTSD or MST, re-adjusting to civilian life, addressing other personal issues, or gaining practical everyday skills in the company of others who have been in similar circumstances, the retreats provide a series of opportunities for veterans to recognize their strength and capabilities, and to practice new ways of managing unfamiliar situations and relationships.
The proceeds from the motorcycle ride will help support the organization's ongoing efforts to provide such opportunities to area veterans.
Registration runs from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. with kick stands to go up at 10 a.m.
There will be food and a live band beginning at 12:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The cost for each rider is $20 and $10 for each passenger. For non-riders, food and entertainment only is $10.
For more information contact Brohman or visit the Motorcycle Ride for Project New Hope on Facebook or at Project Hope's website.