Words by Julie Nordskog Andrews
On Christmas Eve 2006, Louise Lewis was volunteering in a hospital children’s ward when a group of “biker dudes” arrived on a toy run to the young patients’ excitement. She, too, was excited and impressed by the contradiction between the bikers’ gruff image and soft hearts. A “cager” (car driver) herself, Louise set out to ask this question of motorcyclists from all backgrounds: What is the meaning of life? Thirteen years later, the result was The Meaning of Life According to Bikers: The Biker Book for Charity.
The “Biker Book” is literally a book for charity. It is not a directory or description of charitable acts, but a collection of motorcyclists’ takes on the meaning of life. Louise donates all sales proceeds as she works toward her goal to give to all 250 U.S. children’s hospitals. To do so, she buys books from the publisher to take on tour. She pays expenses from her own pocket. Still, the book’s full sales price goes to charity.
“I’m working for the kids,” says Louise. “That’s my mission.” If you missed her Texas tour last May, you can help Louise help the kids by going to the website (bikerbookforcharity.com) and clicking on “Order a Signed Copy.”
Not surprisingly, motorcycling women coordinate and lead many toy runs and other motorcycle related charitable project or fundraisers throughout the year….
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Read the full article in the Fall 2021 issue of Ride Texas magazine.