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Erik Estrada Participates in Benefit Ride


Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Lynchburg, VA -  More than 40 bikers gathered Saturday morning at Lynchburg's Moose Lodge on Lakeside Drive to take part in a benefit motorcycle ride.

It raised money for the nonprofit Safe Surfin' Foundation. The foundation was founded by Bedford's Sheriff Mike Brown to help prevent children from being victimized by Internet predators.

Erik Estrada has been no stranger to the Lynchburg area since he's been in town filming for his new movie "Finding Faith."

Estrada, who is the National Spokesman for the Safe Surfin' Foundation, took some time off from the movie set on Saturday to help raise money for a good cause.

Estrada may be best known for his role as a motorcycle riding cop on the TV show Chips. Nearly 30 years after that show went off the air, Estrada is still riding and Saturday he rode for charity.

"If you save one child from being destroyed psychologically, let alone what happens to the physically when they are under age and they get sexually abused by an adult, you got to step up, you got to do it," said Estrada

"I think he's doing a great thing. You know his time is worth money and he could be doing something else. He could be laying on the beach in California right now but he's out here helping get this money to help support a good cause," said Stanley Bryant, who participated in ride.

Steve Baxter is the State President of The Virginia Moose Riders Association, who put on the event to raise money for the foundation. He says the main reason for the ride is to protect children.

"We want to educate our children on sexual predators. There are a lot of sexual predators out there and we want to protect our future and our children from those type of people," said Baxter.

The ride began at the Lynchburg Moose Lodge and ended at the Bedford Moose Lodge, but not before stopping at the Lynchburg Harley Davidson where for a minimum $5 donation fans could get a picture with Estrada.

Estrada says for him, it's all about bringing awareness about online sexual predators.

"That's what celebrity is for, you use it for the betterment of others," said Estrada.

The Safe Surfin' Foundation also says they are working to develop a new App that children will be able to download on their smart phones. The app will notify them when they get within a certain distance from a known sexual offender, proceeds from Saturday's ride will go towards that new App.

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