On Dec. 12, 30 Harley-Davidson heavy-duty motorcycles assembled at the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families’ (TFCF) Yunlin County Hope Center, where the riders shared their big bike experiences with the students and then gave the children a ride along the Provincial Highway 78 East-West Expressway so that they could enjoy the thrill of riding the wind.
Liao Chih-wen, director of the TFCF’s Yunlin center, says that the Hope Center provides placements for 21 students. He says the center arranges various kinds of art and craft activities to foster the children’s interests, and it encourages the children to take part in walking, hill climbing and road running events so they can have plenty of contact with outsiders, explore new things, absorb other people’s life struggles and experiences and become more competitive in the process.
About 30 members of the Harley-Davidson Free Riders’ Team and the Yunlin Big Bike Association, coordinated by TFCF committee member Lee Mei-hui, arranged to visit the TFCF in Yunlin and spread some good vibes. When one of the students, “Xiao Lin” (not his real name), heard the rumble of the big bike engines, he said his heart was pounding and he felt really excited.
Photo: Huang Shu-li, Liberty Times
Before the ride, the big bike enthusiasts had a sit-down talk with the students, sharing their experiences of setting up businesses, working, everyday living and riding heavy motorbikes. Then they gave the children a ride on the expressway to find out what it feels like to cruise at speed with the wind in your face. For all the students, this was the first time they had ever ridden big bikes. Most of them felt very thrilled, but there were also one or two students who said it was “a bit scary.”
(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)
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