Thursday, December 12, 2013
Hoka Hey Partners with Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce
The Medicine Show LLC, Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge and Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce join together to promote awareness about the plight of Indian People around the Nation.
Most people can’t begin to comprehend the unacceptable state of affairs that exist on Indian Reservations in the US and while there are a number of very fortunate Indian Nations whose people earn a very good living; there are a staggering number of residents in the reservation system that live in dismal conditions which rival and even surpass that of many Third World countries.The Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce in Pine Ridge, SD is a voluntary non-profit corporation whose purpose is to improve the quality of life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by creating, sustaining and enhancing Indian owned businesses. Applying the Lakota values of Honesty, Wisdom, Respect, Courage, Fortitude, Responsibility, and Generosity to the economic setting, the Chamber intends to empower people and create hope for a brighter future. Ivan Sorbel, Chamber Director states, “The Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce is an association of business people who understand the importance of partnering with like-minded organizations to accomplish the goals and the mission they’ve set forth.”
One of those like-minded organizations is the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. The next annual Hoka Hey Challenge begins on July 20, 2014 and covers a little over 7,500 miles between Key West, FL and Homer, AK – using a new route to connect two favorite destinations. Beth Durham of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is careful to confirm that people don’t have to participate in the Challenge in order to help the cause partnered between Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge and the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The Chamber isn’t about making handouts. It is about empowering the people who live there to make the reservation a better place in which to live, work, and raise a family. It is a huge undertaking and we are glad for the help from Medicine Show LLC and the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge participants.” Said Sorbel.
Any one that is interested in helping can go to the Chamber website at www.pineridgechamber.com to donate. This year’s goal is to raise a minimum of $20,000 which will be used to establish a scholarship fund, create small business grants and institute a Skills Camp for high school students in order to help them become more employable.
The Medicine Show LLC and the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge are proud to help the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce with their efforts throughout the coming months in an effort to remind everyone that we can all do just a little bit more.
For more information about the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge please visit their website at www.hokaheychallenge.comTo learn more about the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce, or to make a donation, please go to www.pineridgechamber.com