For the past 13 plus years, Biker Church of the Heartland has helped countless families through their Injured Biker Fund and the major way that funds are raised is at the Annual Art “Hemi” Heminger Memorial Ride. With many biker rides and rallies canceled this year in the wake of the Coronavirus, the leadership of Biker Church of the Heartland worked hard to make sure that the 13th annual ride could go on with a few changes.
“One of the things, statistically, we’re seeing and as a pastor, I’m seeing is discouragement, depression,” said Heath Hiatt, Senior Pastor of Church of the Heartland. “It’s worse than almost ever. The mental health aspects of this virus have been real. So, anytime you can do something that is safe, fun and lets people get around people but still in a safe way, I think that is really important in this environment that we are in right now.”
And that it did, on Saturday, August 22, with over 150 motorcyclists, passengers, and supporters gathering in memory of a friend and to raise money for injured bikers. The ride, which went around area lakes had 111 motorcycles and a slingshot, was just one of the many things that went on. An amazing breakfast and lunch were provided as well as motorcycle games, a silent auction, and a 50-50 drawing.
Pastor Al Ganser of Biker Church of the Heartland stated that “There (have) been a lot of accidents this year. The last two months, there (have) been a lot of motorcycle accidents with death and injuries. You’ve got to watch for bikers out there. If you can remember, now, someone you know rides. So, just be aware for that reason.”
In all over $7,500 was raised and will be put to good use helping those injured in a motorcycle accident during their recovery. You can still donate online by visiting https://www.facebook.com/donate/751407139012619/?fundraiser_source=external_url.500
Biker Church of the Heartland is led by Pastors Al and Angela Ganser. They meet every Sunday at 4120 N Home Street, Suite B in Mishawaka at 11 AM and encourage everyone to attend, even if you don’t own a bike. If you or someone you know is injured in a motorcycle accident contact 574-780-3351.
Article and photos by Josh Zehner