A group of Kutztown residents volunteer at a camp for children. Wanting to do more, they organized a charity motorcycle ride to benefit Victory Junction Camp in Randleman, N.C.

'This is a camp for children with severe, and sometimes terminal, illnesses. The camp operates solely on donations and does not charge children or their families to attend,' said Diane Nolfe, Kutztown.

'This year, my daughter, daughter-in-law and myself will be volunteering for Cerebral Palsy week along with local business owner, Roger Snyder (R.S. Snyder Enterprises, Inc., Kempton),' said Nolfe.

Kutztown teacher Melissa Blatt of Fleetwood has volunteered the past seven years and Diane for six years. Snyder will be going to the camp for his third summer and Lock Haven University recreation management student Alexis Blatt of Kutztown is going for the first time.

Snyder's idea was to host a charity motorcycle ride. They organized the first Victory in the Valley last year, a charity motorcycle ride through the Lehigh Valley and Pocono areas culminating with three laps around Pocono Raceway.

'This ride is in its second year and we have vowed to make it bigger and better than the first year where we raised $2,500 and had approximately 85 motorcycles,' said Nolfe.

On July 1, the second annual ride will begin at Applebee's on Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown with a benefit breakfast of pancakes and sausage served by the organizers.

At about 10:30 a.m. they will begin their ride through the Lehigh Valley to Pocono Raceway.

For more information about the camp, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

Call 610-285-2411 to order to tickets for the ride. Tickets for the ride will also be for sale at their table at the Kempton Fair.

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