Hundreds Attend Fundraiser For Trooper Island

The Kentucky State Police sponsors a special camp for underprivileged children and Sunday, motorcycle riders drove from Pikeville to Hazard in support.

Hundreds of motorcycles took over the Wal-Mart parking lot in Pikeville in preparation for the 6th annual ride, but the ride isn't just for fun. The money raised is for a good cause.

"We send about 700 kids to camp free of charge every year, and this is how we pay for that camp," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Hopkins.

Trooper Island Camp is on Dale Hollow Lake near the Clinton - Cumberland County line and serves Kentucky's 10 to 12 year olds who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a summer camp. That's exactly why more than 200 motorcycle riders came out to show their support.

"For under privileged children, I think there's no more noble cause," said Randy Jones.

"Anything for the kids, this is a great sponsor for the kids," said Ronnie Stevens.

The route for the benefit ride was lead by Trooper Hopkins and took the riders through Whitesburg and to Hazard.

"We like to do anything that's family oriented, anything that sponsors the kids, and we look forward to just getting out in the mountains and meeting different people every year," said Eddie Farmer.

The annual Trooper Island benefit ride is the second Sunday after Labor Day every year.

For more information on Trooper Island or how you can donate, simply call your local state police post.

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