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Pony Express bikers stop at Sidney day care

SIDNEY, Neb. - Volunteer motorcycle riders will travel across the state of Nebraska from May 16 through May 19 for the 11th annual Pony Express, an effort to raise awareness about children’s mental health. The ride focuses on the message mental health is fundamental, a message shared by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Their trek led the Pony Express riders to Sidney Thursday as they made a 45-minute stop at Kid’s Korner Childcare and Learning Korner Preschool. The seven bikers took time to meet and interact with the children at the day care facility.

Stan Bills is one of the riders taking part in the Pony Express. He also is the Executive Director of his own charitable organization, the Snow-Redfern Foundation which benefits several youth organizations. According to Bills, that’s what the ride is all about, getting help for children.

“Our whole purpose is to increase awareness for children’s mental health,” Bills said. “We all have to agree, the kids are suffering a lot of mental health issues around here. Not just here in Sidney, but everywhere, and we just have to get more services for kids, that’s all there is to it.”

During the ride — which spans almost 900 miles and includes several stops along the way— the motorcyclists will reenact the mail-delivery service of the storied Pony Express by picking up letters about children’s mental health written by youth, their families and other supporters. The letters will then be delivered to Governor Pete Ricketts and other lawmakers in Lincoln on Saturday at 1:30 P.M. as part of a ceremony that will take place at the State Capitol.

 

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