The Sirens Women's Motorcycle Club is the oldest, largest women's motorcycle club in NYC. Founded in 1986, the group’s current membership is made up by over 40 women and the perfect choice for a clever idea by the executive director of the New York Milk Bank (NYMB).
Like the other 20 or so milk banks in the U.S., the NYMB is a nonprofit organization that collects donated breast milk from local mothers. After testing, processing and pasteurizing the milk to ensure it’s safe for consumption, the NYMB delivers it to parents who are unable to provide breast milk to their babies.
As reported by the Huffington Post, an idea of bringing together this great cause and naturally big-hearted bikers came to the executive director of the New York Milk Bank Julie Bouchet-Horwitz as she watched riders weave through heavy New York traffic.
Finding the Sirens Women's Motorcycle Club with a Google search and a presentation later, the “Milk Riders” program was born. The motorcycle club is involved at the beginning and end of the charitable process, well, as much as they can be.
From picking up donated milk from collection centers and transporting it to the NYMB facility in Hastings-on-Hudson, to delivering the processed and pasteurized breast milk to hospitals and private homes, the Sirens have become an important part of the process.
“After speaking with Julie and learning about the amazing work that the NYMB has been doing to get life-saving breast milk to babies that need it, I was immediately excited and wanted to let the club know about it,” Sirens president, Jen Baquial tells the Huffington Post.
The report filed by the Huffington Post can be read in full here and is just another great example of bikers using their passions and joy to help those in need.