Organization Receives Grant To Teach Motorcycle Safety

The Kevin P. Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Foundation will use a grant from the Govenor's Office of Highway Safety to teach safety to children.

The Governor's Office Of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Georgia has awarded a Canton-based organization money to teach children about motorcycle safety.

GOHS awarded a $25,000 grant to the Kevin P. Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Foundation, which would be used to develop books that teach motorcycle safety to children ages 8 to 12.

"We have worked very hard over the last four years to grow the foundation and take our message to auto and motorcycle drivers," said Cherokee County District 3 Commissioner Karen Bosch, the founder and chair of the foundation. 

The books will be distributed at various motorcycle events and at schools in Cobb, Cherokee and Fulton counties.

The foundation's board of directors will work with Katherine Travis, executive director of the foundation, to develop literature and help create activities to present to children in order to get their message across. The foundation hopes to have the books ready to be distributed by late winter or early spring. 

The organization is also gearing up for its fourth annual Kevin P. Mahurin Motorcycle Awareness Days next month. The annual golf tournament will be held on Nov. 1 at the BridgeMill Athletic Golf Club and the motorcycle ride will take place on Nov. 3. Registration is $125 per player and $500 for team and ends Oct. 26. Shot-gun start for the tournament will start at 9:30 a.m. To register, email Karen@KevinsMotorcycleFoundation.org. 

Registration for the fourth-annual memorial ride starts at 10 a.m. and kickstands will go up at 11 a.m. The ride will start at K-otic Kustoms at 6406 Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock. Money raised for the organization will help promote its mission, which is to raise awareness of motorcycles and promote motorcycle safety education. 

Bosch, who is not seeking a third term on the county commission, lost her son Kevin Mahurin in 2008 to a motorcycle accident. Since his passing, Bosch created the foundation and has lobbied the Cherokee County legislative delegation to consider introducing stricter licensing for motorcycle drivers.

For more information, contact Karen (770) 704-0158 or Bill Bosch at (678) 228-7565.  

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