Poker and Motorcycles unite to raise money for the prevention of child sexual

EDMONTON, July 15 /CNW/ - A local charity Poker Run to raise money for Little Warriors, a nationally recognized charitable organization for the prevention and education of child sexual abuse was held July 10, 2010.

A small group of residents and a neighborhood pub pooled together to raise money for the local organization, which consisted of a 300 km motorcycle ride with five stops along the way, in which each participant had to draw a card. At the end of the journey, the best hand took away a $400 grand prize. The event sparked interest by non-motorcyclists, who wanted to help Little Warriors by driving their vehicles in the Poker Run. 154 riders participated, with another 46 tickets purchased, with proceeds going to Little Warriors.

Coordinator Joey Carothers said that when she was asked to organize the event, she knew immediately that the money raised should go to Little Warriors. "It's a great organization that is very close to my heart", says Carothers. "I think it's important to bring recognition to an organization that helps children."

Little Warrior founder Glori Meldrum couldn't be more appreciative. "It means so much to know that Little Warriors matters to so many people", Meldrum states. "I am really touched by this kind of generousity."

The amount raised in the Poker Run far surpassed Carothers initial goal of $3,000-5,000. "To raise what we have has just blown us away", she stated. The total raised for Little Warriors is being kept secret until Meldrum is presented with the cheque at Newcastle Pub & Grill, located at 6108 - 90 Avenue in Edmonton on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 6:00pm. Newcastle is the location the Poker Run and silent auction were held.

Little Warriors is a charitable organization with a national focus on helping protect children from sexual abuse. Its purpose is to educate adults about the prevalence of child sexual abuse, as well as the lasting effects it has on children and our community.


For further information: For further information: Joey Carothers, Poker Run Coordinator,, p. 780.818-7085

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