21st Annual Great Teddy Bear Run raises awareness for child abuse

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center’s 21st Annual Great Teddy Bear Run is this week, and it helps make a difference for kids year after year. 

Usually it’s a huge event with around 500 motorcycles riding through town. However with COVID-19, individual and group motorcycle rides have been taking place throughout this week in order to social distance. 

On Saturday, there will be a spaced out teddy bear drop off, T-shirt pick up and silent auction at the Harley-Davidson in Bowling Green.

The event’s purpose is to raise money and awareness for child abuse. Children are at risk of abuse when in isolation, and even during a pandemic. 

People involved with the event told us what this means to them. 

“I know two things about people that ride motorcycles, especially Harley Davidsons. They love to ride and they love to give to charity,” said Harley Davidson Bowling Green’s General Manager Evan Noel.

“We served 879 children last year who were victimized by child sexual abuse. So I think even one is too many, I think 879 is shocking,” said Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Jennifer Bryant.  So far, the center has raised $26,800 of a $50,000 dollar goal. To donate you can visit their website for more information.