Bikers team up with nuns for good cause - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Bikers team up with nuns for good cause

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Bikers from across Southwest Louisiana filed into Chennault air field Saturday morning. They were called by the nuns. It's a call they've been taking for seven years now.

"Originally I came home from work one day and I was bemoaning the fact that I didn't have any way to get money for my kids' projects and the sister who lived with me has a brother who is a biker. And they were actually talking on the phone and he heard my comments and he said: 'Why don't you ask the bikers they're generous people,'" said Sister Rosanne Popp, with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  

Now known as the "Run with Nuns" motorcycle ride, they've been very generous - raising a lot of money for the Christus St. Patrick Foundation. This is the first time they've come to Lake Charles.

"Bike runs these days are a very, very popular way of raising funds. Almost every weekend there is a bike ride that raises money for cancer victims. Just about every fund raising situation, very busy and very generous," said Jim Morris, event organizer.  

With 206 bikes strong their generosity will help build the Christus St. Patrick Hospital Wellness Center for Healthy Living. Organizer Kay Barnett is thankful for the support.

"The turnout is incredible and we have people from all walks of life and we wanted a project that really brought out all kinds of people and families," said Barnett.  

Cancer survivor Leonard "Lucky" Bowring says riding is quality time with his son Matthew.

"Since I've had cancer a couple of years ago, we bought the motorcycle and me and him have been doing more time together on the motorcycle," said Bowring.  

Bishop Provost blessed the bikers before they revved up their engines. Their journey took them all the way to Cameron and through the Creole Nature Trail.

The Center for Healthy Living is estimated to cost $5,000,000. So far the Christus St. Patrick foundation has raised $3,000,000 and hopes to break ground on the facility some time later this year.

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • National drive providing suits to those in need

    National drive providing suits to those in need

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-07-22 03:03:17 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    For nine years Lake Charles Men’s Wearhouse store manager Michael Rodriguez has been helping men look their very best. But Rodriguez also gets a chance to help men and women struggling to find a job through his company’s annual suit drive.

    More >>

    For nine years Lake Charles Men’s Wearhouse store manager Michael Rodriguez has been helping men look their very best. But Rodriguez also gets a chance to help men and women struggling to find a job through his company’s annual suit drive.

    More >>
  • Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death

    Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:53 PM EDT2017-07-22 02:53:36 GMT
    Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death. (Source: KPLC)

    A Lake Charles man was indicted Friday by a grand jury in connection with a shooting that killed another man in May.

    More >>

    A Lake Charles man was indicted Friday by a grand jury in connection with a shooting that killed another man in May.

    More >>
  • Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Friday, July 21 2017 9:26 PM EDT2017-07-22 01:26:44 GMT

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly