BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — The first annual event where tri-state area bikers rode for Autism awareness took place on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.
The event was organized by Hustle Kingz Charitable Organization, to honor the autistic community.
“Today is World Autism Day. The motorcycle community has a lot of children who are autistic … It’s a day we want to honor those parents, those children,” Jose Rosario, event organizer, said.
The event kicked off at the Pistons Motorcycle Clubhouse at 3 p.m., where a BBQ and raffle fundraiser were held for My Time Inc., a support group for parents of children with autism who receive mental, physical and spiritual counseling.
“Some of these parents are raising adult children, and a lot of parents have had to leave their jobs. So we want to make a difference. We want to give back,” Rosario said.
Participants mounted their bikes and rode out to the Steeple Park Parachute at Luna Park in Coney Island, which was reopened Saturday, where a parachute was lit up in honor of the autistic community to let them know that inclusivity and support are strong in Brooklyn.
“It’s OK to be a little different. There’s no judging. You can come out here and be you. You’re free,” Hayde Santiago, a mother of a child with autism, said.
Organizers said they hope to continue the event for years to come.