By Melissa Robinson
A benefit ride sponsored
by the Iron Rockets Motorcycle Club will be held on Saturday,
November 2, 2013 with the proceeds going to benefit the family
of hit and run victim, Alexandra Desir, who was killed by a hit
and run driver on June 29, 2013.
The ride will begin at
165 Pine Tree Lane in McDonough at 11:30 a.m. and end at the
Three Dollar Café, located at 1000 Regency Plaza Blvd. in
McDonough. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and cost is $10 for
one rider and $15 for rider with passenger.
Benjamin “Murrfee” Moore, a member or Iron Rockets
Motorcycle Club is riding in the Hit and Run Awareness
Benefit on Saturday, November 2.
Photo by Seth Jackson
Ride organizer and Iron
Rocket member Benjamin “Murrfee” Moore said the ride is to raise
funds for Desir’s family to help cover funeral and other
expenses associated with her untimely death, as well as to raise
awareness for road safety.
“This is the first time
I’ve organized a ride and it’s been a lot of work, but it will
be worth it,” he said. “That’s what our club was put in place
for--to promote safety, rider awareness and fellowship.”
Moore said the Iron
Rockets have a chapter in Atlanta as well as his chapter in
Marietta and is an international organization with chapters in
every state and 14 countries. It is a bike club of law-abiding
riders who, in addition to wanting to party, make service and
awareness part of their mission.
Moore said that every
dollar raised through donations, the raffle and sponsors will be
donated to Desir’s family. On the morning of the ride, there
will be breakfast, a 50/50 and raffle for prizes, which include
a helmet from Cycle Nation, a 32 GB Ipod Touch and various gift
cards and items from local businesses. There will also be
auction items and giveaways.
Moore said he worked with
Desir’s mother, Simone Desir, who is a nurse at Piedmont Henry,
and said he can’t imagine the loss she has endured.
“I’ve worked with her and
she has such a big heart, so we really want to do this for the
family and to raise awareness, so other families don’t have to
go through the kind of grief that she has gone through,” said
Organizers said that the
date of the ride is particularly meaningful, because the
following day, November 3, would have been Alexandra Desir’s
Desir, who lived in
Locust Grove, was a 20-year-old nursing student attending Gordon
College in Barnesville. She was killed by a hit and run driver
while walking to work at a local restaurant.
For more information, call 678-772-1525.
For more information on the Iron Rockets, visit