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Mercy Corps motorcycle madness!

August 12, 2010

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    Kevyn O&#039;Neill for Mercy Corps  </span>
    Mercy Corps Founder Dan O'Neill with his MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR. Photo: Kevyn O'Neill for Mercy Corps

I am a motorcycle enthusiast. I have been riding since 1964 and have had 12 bikes. In 1999, I rallied 70 Harley riders to join me on a ride to benefit Mercy Corps' outreach to war refugees in Kosovo — it was a high success. I've wanted to do another Mercy Corps charity ride ever since. And now the time has come.

Famed Seattle rock/country radio DJ, Ichabod Caine, called me last month and said, "let's ride and do lunch." He told me he started a motorcycle club — the Headless Horsemen — invited me to join, and suggested a fundraising ride for Mercy Corps' global mission. Obviously, I needed little persuasion. I met the riders on a test ride around Puget Sound on July 10 and found a wonderful biker-bunch of men and women who ride all kinds of bikes (but mostly Harleys) and who love to "do good."

So, weather permitting, our first Mercy Corps Headless Horsemen benefit ride will take place August 28. We will challenge friends and sponsors to support each rider by making a donation to Mercy Corps. Through email, Twitter and our special website page we will keep everyone informed so they can join in the run-up, the actual event and post-ride briefings.

To many of us, motorcycling is a passion — getting out from behind the desk, off the computer, off the phone and ripping through twisty two-lane country roads, rumbling like rolling thunder through small towns with an occasional pit stop to sip coffee and tell tall tales. And this is another tall tale in the making! We are putting our passion to work, touching disadvantaged children and families with the gift of compassion and hope for the future.

As Steppenwolf lead singer — and Mercy Corps donor — John Kay sings in his group's 1969 hit song "Born to Be Wild": "Get your motor runnin', head out on the highway, lookin' for adventure, or whatever comes your way..."

Stay tuned...and be sure to make a donation to Mercy Corps on behalf of the Headless Horsemen here!