Bikers put the petal to the metal this morning at the first annual Black Rock Senior Center Bike Ride. The center serves a pretty good number of people in and around the community. And when you're a small town, being able to have the funds to supply services can sometimes be a challenge.
"It's a great need. We don't have any funding at all from any outside source. We don't have city, state, county, anything," said Senior Center Director Teresa Redd, which is why the center is depending on the communities help at the first annual "Rumblin Around the Ridge" Bike Ride. Redd says they rely on events like this one, to keep the doors open and is excited to see the community support.
"The bikes are starting to pull up and it's looking good. It's good to see everyone come out and support the seniors and to help us out. Because every penny that we collect today, it goes to the center to buy groceries and keep the place running," said Redd.
She says the center provides meals for nearly 20 to 40 seniors daily, serving not only Black Rock, but even people come from Pocahontas, Smithville, and as far as Batesville.
Almost 30 riders hit the pavement Saturday morning. The ride went through Ravenden, to Ravenden Springs, up to Pocahontas, and ended at Old Davidsonville.
"We're happy to get what we can get. Happy to get everything that we can get, and all the support. Everybody can have good fellowship and see what we're about," said Redd.
Redd says they were able to raise four hundred and fifty dollars for the center.