A group of motorcyclists will display their “panther pride” by riding from Gainesville to Hiawassee this Saturday.
All of the proceeds from the event will go toward paying off White Sulphur Elementary students’ school meal debt, which they accumulated before the coronavirus pandemic.
Suzanne Chadwick, principal of White Sulphur Elementary, said the inspiration sparked from wanting to give back to families in the area. As someone who owns a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, she said a charity ride seemed like the perfect solution.
“A lot eat breakfast and lunch here, and it doesn't take a lot to run up a tab,” Chadwick said. “We (school’s staff) put our heads together and decided to ride on behalf of our community.”
Knowing that the pandemic has placed a greater financial burden on many families, Chadwick said she hopes the fundraiser will alleviate most of their meal debt before the school year begins.
“It’s a great need, and there’s a rather large debt,” she said.
Those wanting to participate can show up on Saturday at White Sulphur Elementary School at 2480 Old Cornelia Highway. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the ride starts at 11 a.m. Each motorcyclist is asked to donate $30 per bike.
Chadwick said those who don’t ride motorcycles can still support the cause by contributing any amount during the event.
The route will begin at White Sulphur Elementary School and end in Hiawassee. Chadwick said her husband will guide the group by riding in the front. The principal will also participate as well as other staff members from Hall County Schools.
“I’m just anxious to see people from everywhere just coming out to support our community,” Chadwick said. “We’re hoping to have a great crowd. The more, the merrier.”
For more information, contact the front desk of White Sulphur Elementary at 770-532-0945.
Panther Pride Charity Ride
What: Fundraiser to pay off White Sulphur Elementary students’ lunch debt
When: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, with registration beginning at 10
Where: White Sulphur Elementary, 2480 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville
More info: 770-532-0945