Wish Child Alivia will be a guest of honor at the third annual Ride for Wishes.
ALTON — The third annual Ride for Wishes promises more fun than ever thanks to GCS Credit Union, this year’s signature sponsor.
The 70-mile nonstop motorcycle run starts at noon Saturday, Oct. 1, at Ted’s Motorcycle World, 4301 Humbert Road, and ends at Alton VFW Post 1308, 4445 N. Alby St.
The ride is organized by the Southern Illinois Volunteers for Make-A-Wish, IL to help children in Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin, Greene and St. Clair counties realize their dreams as they face serious illnesses. Two former Wish recipients, now in their 20s, will be riding their own motorcycles on the run.
Riders will meet children who have had their wishes granted and those awaiting wishes. Those children and their families will be guests of honor before and after the ride.
Country music radio station WIL-FM 92.3 will play music and pump up the crowd at Ted’s between 10 a.m. and noon when the riders hit the road. Free coffee and doughnuts will be available.
Each rider and passenger will receive a T-shirt, a ride patch and/or a rocker, a bandana, a hand towel and a goody bag as well as a complete barbecue dinner at the VFW post. A cash bar will be available.
The ride route features an on-the-road contest for riders with a $100 prize. At ride’s end, there’ll be more contests, prizes, auctions and a 50-50 raffle. Also, vendors, many offering motorcycle-related merchandise, will be on the VFW parking lot.
The cost of the ride is $25 per person with preregistration. The cost will be $30 the day of the ride. Registration is available online at mygcscu.com/RideForWishes.
The previous two Wishes Runs have raised more than $10,000 for Make-A-Wish in Southern Illinois.
“Thanks to GCS Credit Union, we expect this to be our biggest ride yet,” said Norma Glazebrook, the principal organizer and a Make-A-Wish volunteer for more than 20 years. Kathy Eames of Edwardsville, another volunteer, is assisting Glazebrook with the run.
Make-A-Wish fulfills wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. In the last year, 704 wishes were granted in Southern Illinois. The average cost to make a child’s dream come true is about $6,000. Another $4,000 toward the wish comes from in-kind contributions from airlines and other corporations. Proceeds from this ride will be used only for children in Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin, Greene and St. Clair counties.
“If you could see the look on a child’s face when you tell them the wish has been granted, you’ll never forget that. We’re hoping this Ride for Wishes can help Make-A-Wish put smiles on more children’s faces,” Glazebrook said.
For information about the credit union, visit mygcsu.com.