MACOMB — Thanks to the generous support of local communities, $5,170 was raised this year through Silvie’s Ride to benefit child abuse victims/survivors of WIRC-CAA Victim Services in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, Knox and Warren counties. Proceeds and contributions will also help sponsor future Silvie’s Ride events. Silven “Silvie” Iris Yocum was only five years old when she became a fatal victim of child abuse on September 16, 2006.  The Yocum Family started Silvie’s Ride in her honor and in remembrance of all children who have died because of child abuse or are living with child abuse in their lives. “It is in her spirit of love that Silvie’s Ride is dedicated with the promise of sharing care and hope for many others,” says Silvie’s family.
Silvie’s Ride, held on June 16 at the Macomb Elks Lodge, began with an all-you-can-eat breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and continued with the ride portion of the event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A variety of vehicles participated, including motorcycles, cars and scooters. Riders traveled a pre-determined route through several communities and cities in western Illinois, including Macomb, St. Augustine, Roseville, Blandinsville, Dallas City, Hamilton and Tennessee. Following the ride, food and entertainment were available until 9:00 p.m., including a silent auction, a raffle, and a performance by local band Bucket Fish.
WIRC-CAA Victim Services, based in Macomb, provides free and confidential services in a safe environment with knowledgeable staff members who are ready to provide emergency services, advocacy, counseling, professional training, and public education. For more information about WIRC-CAA Victim Services, visit wirpc.org.  If you, or someone you know, are in crisis, a free 24 hour crisis line is available at 309-837-5555.

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