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Hope area residents are invited to come out and support Bedford resident Chad Royer as he kicks off Hope Ride 2020: Seven Days of Hope to build awareness about pregnancy care center resources with his first stop at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Hope Town Square.

Royer, a nearly lifelong motorcyclist, says he’s done a charity ride for the Hope Resource Center, a pregnancy care center, in Bedford for the past couple of years. But this year is going to be a bit different, he says.

“I like to ride my motorcycle for distance and the last couple of years it was trying to be a fundraiser for them,” he says. “But I found that most people didn’t know what I was talking about when I said Hope Resource Center or even when I told them it was a pregnancy center they still didn’t know much about it.”

April Haskett, executive director of the Hope Resource Center, says the organization is truly blessed to have Chad as an advocate and supporter of the organization.

“He has a pure servant’s heart and is constantly looking for ways he can serve,” Haskett says. “I think it is great he is using his fun past time to raise awareness and get others interested what we do.”

Royer, 50, will depart from Bedford around noon Saturday and make his first stop in Hope later that afternoon. Additional stops on his tour will be towns named Hope in seven states, including Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Royer says he will have a checkbox for each state and town. At each stop he will visit and tour the closest pregnancy care center, which for Hope will be Clarity in Columbus, he says.

“I don’t really care if I raise a dime this year,” he says. “I really just want to do it as an awareness thing. If I stop and really think about it, I’m just like the blue light at Kmart, ‘Hey, look over here, something is going on.’”

As Royer prepares for his more than 3,000-mile week-long journey he hopes his message will be heard and can make a difference in the lives of those who could benefit from pregnancy care center resources.

His message is simple, he says.

“It is really that they’re there and there is a positive alternative for people who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy situation,” he says. “There is someone who is close, please find them.”