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Motorcycle donated to help Bikers Against Child Abuse

By Debra Jandreau - The Daily Herald - | Apr 25, 2002

The Daily Herald

SPRINGVILLE — Legends Motorcycle owner Rick Salisbury is helping fight child abuse by donating a brand-new motorcycle to Bikers Against Child Abuse.

“It is just unreal how Utah is so family-oriented and yet we are ranked second in the nation for child abuse,” Salisbury said.

Legends Motorcycle and Salisbury Homes began donating motorcycles to BACA last year.

“I think these guys are great,” Salisbury said. “I plan on donating a motorcycle every year until child abuse is wiped out in Utah.”

Although no name brand was given to the new BACA motorcycle, $15,000 to $20,000 went into producing the originally made bike.

“I probably only sell about one bike a year,” Salisbury said. “And if I had to donate it to a worthy cause I would donate it to BACA.”

According to BACA Central Utah Chapter President John Motsinger, most of the money generated when the motorcycle is raffled off will be used for child therapy for people who can’t afford it, or for those whose insurance doesn’t cover all costs.

After taking possession of the motorcycle, BACA will sell raffle tickets for $10. It will then raffle the bike off at its annual kids festival Aug. 24 at Lindon Park. Tickets for the raffle are available at Legends Motorcycle and Salisbury Homes.

BACA was organized in 1996 in Utah. From there the organization grew nationally, with Oklahoma, Georgia and Missouri forming chapters two years later.

“It won’t be long before we have a chapter in every state,” Motsinger said.

The national organization works in conjunction with local and state officials already in place to protect children.

According to Motsinger, the Central Utah Chapter has about 90 members.

BACA members hope to send a clear message to everyone involved with abused children that they are part of an organization that is prepared to lend physical and emotional support to the children, either by affiliation or physical presence.

Debra Jandreau can be reached at 344-2553 or djandreau@heraldextra.com.

This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A7.

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