Local youth charity donates 29 bikes to Lakota Nation
A local youth fitness organization, Tri to Change the World (TCW), delivered 29 bikes and three scooters, all with helmets, to the Lakota Indian Nation just in time to present them as holiday gifts to 32 children. Through the work of local Hudson children and others around the nation, TCW raised funds over the summer to procure bikes that would eventually go to families who cannot afford them on their own.
Founded by siblings Emma and Rob Moody, both EP Rock Elementary students, TCW is a 501c3 organization that encourages activities that promote fitness. The charity also raises funds to help the under-served in Hudson and around the nation.
Bolstered by a $1,000 grant from Hudson First Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities, TCW gathered used bicycles and refurbished them. Through a partnership with Art Doyle's Spokes and Pedals in downtown Hudson, the foundation also provided helmets for every bicycle. They then loaded a trailer and truck and made the 1,200-mile round trip to get the bikes to Wanblee, S.D., in time for Christmas morning.
Members of the Lakota Nation honored the children who delivered the bikes by presenting them with a handmade quilt that displays the traditional Oglala Lakota national symbol.
TCW is in the initial planning stages of hosting a youth triathlon to be held in Hudson in May to help raise money for another bike distribution at the end of the year.
Each summer TCW issues a challenge to encourage children to swim, bike and run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Youth who accept the challenge set a personal goal in one or more of the triathlon sports, and then solicits financial pledges from family and friends. Pledges go to fund projects like the December bike distribution. TCW also funds swim lesson scholarships through the YMCA Swim Academy.
Those who are interested in learning more about the organization can go to www.tritochangetheworld.org.