By Michael I. Welker, Esq.
Wheels of Justice is a non-profit corporation, organized by a group of attorneys who are cycling enthusiasts, to raise money for, increase awareness of, and provide limited pro bono legal services to non-profit organizations that devote their time and passion to the prevention and reduction of child abuse, and assisting victims of abuse. Problems addressed by these institutions include child abuse, bullying, dysfunctional relationships, and internet safety threats. The organizations include: Prevent Child Abuse Utah, Friends of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center, Operation Underground Railroad, and The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. Each of these organizations fights, prevents, and ameliorates the effects of child abuse. These organizations are very good at what they do. They need our support.
Wheels of Justice organizes and operates fundraising bicycle rides in support of these organizations. Participation is not limited to lawyers. Nor is participation limited to accomplished or competitive-level riders. Any cyclist at any level can participate in the rides. Different rides include street cycling, mountain biking, or off-road cycling.
Wheels of Justice’s biggest annual event is called the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” ride held each September. This difficult ride sends the riders up all 5 of Salt Lake County’s riding canyons (Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, Millcreek, Emigration, and City Creek) in one day. Many participate-few finish. All have a great time, regardless of how much of the course they complete. The ride is meant as a metaphor, showing children and their families who have experienced abuse that they can overcome hard challenges, and that victims, whether they suffered personal injury or emotional and psychological injury, can overcome, survive, heal, and thrive.
Wheels of Justice not only collects financial donations, but also sells its team “kit” and other merchandise to raise funds. In conjunction with its events, Wheels of Justice also provides food, water bottles, and other items. Every event is fun for the whole family.
Wheels of Justice is growing. Membership is free and is open to all. Ride participation is free and is open to all. Running enthusiasts are starting to get involved with Wheels of Justice, and we soon may see running events added to the schedule of events. There is also talk about organizing a sister organization called “Wings of Justice” specifically for runners. One thing is for sure, Wheels of Justice will continue to fight the plague and effects of child abuse, and so will Gallian Welker & Beckstrom.
(The statements and views expressed herein are the views of Gallian Welker & Beckstrom. Gallian Welker & Beckstrom does not represent Wheels of Justice, and is not a spokesperson for Wheels of Justice. The views and statements expressed herein are solely the views of the author and are not necessarily the views of Wheels of Justice).