Local pastors ride 1,000 miles to raise money
A group of pastors in Western South Dakota are prepared to saddle up early Monday morning for a 1,000-mile motorcycle ride. They’re going to do it within 24 hours of their start time.
David Schwan first dreamed up the idea of the “Iron Butt” ride to raise money for a little girl named Zoe. Zoe is the daughter of Pastor Josh Jones here in Rapid City. She has cerebral palsy and is in need of a handicap van.
Schwan and five other riders, who are other pastors, will take off early Monday morning from the Windmill truck stop. They will ride to Bozeman, Montana and back. In doing so, they hope to raise money for Zoe and her new van. So far, Schwan said the cause has brought in more than $19,000 for the cause. He says it’s a good feeling to help this family get what they need.
"What makes the thing even a little bit neater, from my perspective is, they didn't ask for this,” Schwan said. “We just saw a need and we thought we'd try to help that need. And I think that's a really good start and I think one of the reasons why we've been blessed."
This ride will mark Schwan’s third “Iron Butt” ride.