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Rally fundraiser to aid Sturgis senior citizens

Riders are being asked to help raise $US8000 for Meals on Wheels to service senior citizens who will be advised to home quarantine after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

The world’s biggest motorcycle rally from, this weekend until next weekend (8-16 August 2020) will also be the biggest mass gathering since the pandemic was declared six months ago.

Robert Pandya, a motorcycle industry veteran and founder of the GiveAShift initiative that initiated the fund drive, says “motorcyclists are incredibly generous”.

The fund-raising project should go some of the way to dispelling the image of riders flouting social distancing and risking the spread of the coronavirus through the community and taking it back home when they return after the nine-day rally.

Organisers expect about 250,000 to attend the rally which is half the usual crowd.

Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen says they have increased cleaning schedules and cancelled many group activities. Following the rally, a mass Covid-19 testing program will be held.

Michael Osterholm, head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, says the rally could cause a major virus spread.

“Come mid-August to late August, early September, Sturgis will have one hell of an imprint on this country,” he says.

2015 Sturgis Rally senior citizens
2015 Sturgis Rally

Senior citizens

Meanwhile, the Sturgis Meals on Wheels (SMoW) program has already been stretched thin by the pandemic increasing need and reducing resources, says manager Jamie Helms.

“With the uncertainty of the world right now, our seniors depend on us just so that they don’t have to worry about leaving their homes where they feel safe,” he says.

“With our ageing population taking the city advice to quarantine for a couple of weeks after the rally, we are a needed service now more than ever, but we will get it done as we always do.”

Cash donations will be accepted under the blue tent at 1230 Lazelle St between 2-5pm from today (8 August) until next Saturday.

Click here for the official GoFundMe page for those who chose not to attend the event.

“We respect any riders who choose not to come to the event due to Covid, but encourage them to ‘donate a tank’ to thank and help the local seniors who have seen the rally become the most famous of its kind in the world,” Robert says.

“Supporting the Sturgis Meals on Wheels program is a natural fit for any biker and will have a hugely positive impact for local senior citizens.”

  1. Here’s a great way to “disspell the image of riders flouting social distancing and risking the spread of the coronavirus through the community” … stay tf home.

    No matter how important you think your rally is, it’s not when we are talking about peoples lives and livelihoods. The attempted spin on this article is just stupid.

  2. Aid Sturgis senior citizens seem like nice move? Maybe 200 000 people should not have repeated 1918 a pandemic event – Philadelphia didn’t cancel a parade during a 1918 pandemic. The results were devastating . I m guessing the same thing is about to happen again over the next 1 month to 2 months. because they didn’t cancel Sturgis due to $$$$ . When HD refuse to show up to an event that is major sale event you know the the pandemic is real. Sadly people think it’s just isn’t that real etc . I ll eat 5 day old underwear if this doesn’t lead to Major up take in ill people and death . 200 000 people show up and didn’t bother with masks etc. Maybe a better move would have been the local government listen to the 60% of the town whom said we dont want to hold this event this year.

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