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Bikers with a cause

Many of us remember someone in our life who was a mentor or just a good influence.

Recently WKYT met up with a group of guys who know they may not look the part to some, but are having a huge impact on a Lexington program with the Community Action Council.

As Amber Philpott found out their hearts are as big as the bikes they ride.

You can hear them before you see them.

You might think they were thugs, but the members of the group known as Hypnotiq make it clear they are not.

Instead, they are bikers with a cause and a passion for helping others.

"We like to ride, we enjoy our Sundays and weekends off, we are all family, but we like doing stuff within our community," said Raymond Cramer a member of Hypnotiq.

When they aren't on the road you'll find members of this motorcycle club at the Southeast Lexington Child Development Center.

"It's a great experience, there is nothing else like it being here, seeing the kids with a big smile to their faces, they also bring a smile to our face," said Cramer.

To the guys of Hypnotiq its about breaking a stereotype and reaching out to youngsters who could really use a positive male role model.

"If we can come in and donate some of our time, maybe we can help these kids go down the right path," said Anthony Simpson, another member of Hypnotiq.

Their time spent with the children is simple, it might be playing a game, coloring or reading, but it's the bonds formed that can be life changing and the staff sees it daily.

"The connection is like no other connection. For them not to be blood related, you would think it's a big brother, uncle or cousin," said Ka'Sondra Brown, with the Child Development Center.

Hypnotiq members not only give their time, but money too.

When there is need, for either the Center or the community they step up, many times digging into their own pockets.

"Honestly I wouldn't know what to do if they ever said no and in 3 1/2 years I've never heard it. They never question, they are like what is the situation and how can we help," said Brown.

From building playgrounds when one is needed, to rounding up winter coats for those without, the members of Hypnotiq know how to lend a helping hand.

"Its commitment and it's a cause that we all believe in, its giving back to our community," said Cramer.

They may look big and burly, but that's just what's on the inside.

To the children they impact they are gentle giants making a difference.

The Hypnotiq motorcycle club was formed in 2001 in Winchester and is not based in Lexington with roughly 26 members.


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