Many readers of this blog are riders, and many of those are veterans. Bikers are good people and quick to rise to a cause, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma is a very good cause.
Some facts about the AFSP:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
The ASFP uses the following Five Core Strategies to achieve their mission:
Funds scientific research
Offers educational programs for professionals
Educates the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
Promotes policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
Provides programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involves them in the work of the Foundation
In case you didn’t know, here are some statistics relating to suicide that are relevant to mid-coasters’.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Kansas and Missouri
- On average, one person dies by suicide every 10.23 hours in Missouri
- On average, one person dies by suicide every 21.84 hours in Kansas
- In MO, total deaths to suicide reflect a total of 17,395 years of potential life lost before age 65
- In KS, total deaths to suicide reflect a total of 9,111 years of potential life lost before age 65
- The U.S. loses 22 military members per day worldwide
Sobering statistics aren’t they? For the past three years the Greater KC chapter of the AFSP have promoted and presented the Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma benefit ride, which benefits the Greater KC chapter, allowing them to continue the mission steps noted above at the local level.
On Saturday, April 25th 2014 Barb Nelson, AFSP Chairperson, Greater KS Chapter and Stacy Jones, AFSP Board Member, Greater KS Chapter met at Cycle Gear and the Shawnee Cycle Plaza for Certificate of Appreciation presentations in honor of the 2014 ride primary sponsors.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Glenn Thompson of Cycle Gear in appreciation of items donated for last year’s ride, including but not limited to, helmets, leather jackets, chaps, vests, tools and more. Cycle Gear has been a primary sponsor for the Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma for the past two years.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Barry Bruner and Doris Sarver of Shawnee Cycle Plaza. Shawnee Cycle Plaza has been the host location for the Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma for the past two years. SCP has also been instrumental in donations, planning, promoting and organizing the Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Michael Oldfield, President, KC Vulcan Riders Association, and Eric and Dena Finney of KCVRA in appreciation of a lot of the behind-the-scenes work. KCVRA has led efforts in promotions, donation gathering, ride sign-ups and planning, organizing and leading last year’s Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma.
The 2015 Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma will be on June 27th 2015. If you register online before 6/7/15, the cost is $25.00 for riders and $15.00 for passengers and you will be guaranteed a shirt in the size of your choice. If you wait until after 6/7/15 the price goes up and some of you “Omar the Tent Maker” guys might end up with a Bib… or a dickey, if you go that far back…
Please consider donating to the AFSP Greater KC chapter by going to Greater KC Ride to Silence the Stigma and giving whatever you can. Together, one at a time, one dollar at a time, we can make a difference.