2nd Annual Motorcycle Rally Benefits "Diaper Duty" Project
More than 120 motorcycle enthusiasts roared into the parking lot at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) on Saturday, August 25, 2007, complete with police escort and accompanied by a Wal-Mart truck loaded with toys and diapers as part of the 1st Annual Toy Rally in the Valley!
Thanks to KCRC patients and families and UVA Children's Hospital supporters, the motorcyles arrived to welcoming waves and loud cheers. Motorcyclists gathered early Saturday morning at the Wal-Mart distribution center at Mount Crawford, VA, and traveled over the mountain to Charlottesville. Many had come long distances, some from North Carolina, to support the UVA Children's Hospital. They brought with them a day complete with barbecue lunch, music, and raffle prizes for all participants and the KCRC patients who were able to come outdoors and enjoy the festivities!
The event was organized by the Wal-Mart distribution center, motorcycle enthusists, and many other businesses throughout central Virginia. Business sponsors included the Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7045, Shenandoah Harley Davidson, and Outback Steakhouse, among many others. Event organizers have established this as an annual event and promise that it will grow bigger every year.
When all was said and done, the Diaper Duty storage closet was completely re-stocked with diapers. For the past two years, the intern classes have developed a community advocacy project called Diaper Duty, a program which distributes diapers free of charge to qualified families who have an infant less than 12 months old who receives medical care at the Primary Care Center General Pediatrics Clinic. The event also raised money for the UVA Children's Hospital and brought a large supply of toys to be distributed to children in need at the hospital and clinics. Many of our pediatric residents and staff were on hand to help move diapers, sort toys and thank the event organizers and participants for all of their hard work and contributions for this wonderful event.