TAMS - If you're plans are set for the stroke of midnight, but
you're still looking for a way to celebrate the first day of 2014, a Raleigh County
park is encouraging residents to help one of their own.
Employees at Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park in Tams
will be hosting a benefit ride to help raise money for 18-year-old Derrick Bonds.
The motocross driver was involved in an accident two years
ago that left him paralyzed. Although he has gained back some mobility, Bonds
has a dream to attend the Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Facility in California.
In addition to a group ride at 11 a.m., the park will also
auction off items including a Vega helmet, Grim Reaper tires, gas cards and a remote-controlled
helicopter. All proceeds will help Bonds learn to walk again.
“We help out who we can,” Katie Sweeney said. “So we're
happy to do it, and New Years is a great day. A lot of people come out to ride
on New Years anyway, so it's a perfect day to do it, and weather is looking
great, which is always so good around this time of year, so hoping for temperatures
around 50 --which is incredible -- so we're really excited to do it -- help out
somebody who's hurt.”
Organizers said Bonds has a $10,000 goal.