|YFS girls prepare to get their hands dirty with a motorcycle rebuild fundraiser|
|Thursday, 03 January 2013 16:32|
Take a look at this 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail. Because Black Hills Harley Davidson says the bike you see now is going to be much different in the coming months.
Black Hills Harley-Davidson General Manager Terry Rymer says, "Number one, it's a Softail so it's a good platform to start with to customize. So, the girls from Girls Inc. can bring it to its full potential and their raffle should do better that way and make it more interesting for everyone that would like to donate."
Youth and Family services says about 20 to 40 girls will get their hands dirty and learn the basics of custom motorcycle modifications during the 20 week 'Helping with Horsepower' program. They'll be in charge of making critical decisions on how the bike looks at the end of the program and learn how those decisions will impact the overall marketability of the finished product, which organizers hope will rake it at least $100,000 for Girls Incorporated.
YFS Board president Mary Helland says, "We will then take this bike on the road and display it throughout the Black Hills promoting Girls Inc. and selling raffle tickets for the bike, and it will be given away at the Zonta Club of the Black Hills expo in October this year."
But it's not all about making money. The build will also show the girls that teamwork is crucial in overcoming any sort of adversity.
Helland says, "Since many of our girls come from low income families and experience domestic violence in their home, sexual abuse and neglect, substance abuse in their home, gender and social bias, we want them to learn the skills to deal with these challenges they face in their life."
Helland says once the project is complete the money generated from the final raffle will go a long way to help fund the various literacy and mentoring programs offered by Girls Incorporated and allow the program to offer its services to even more girls in the community.