'24 Hours for Haiti' hits the open road

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- It's a motorcycle challenge to raise money for the people of Haiti. The challenge is to complete a 1,000 mile ride in 24 hours and only stopping every 300 miles. Think you could do it? Well a few are giving it a try with a seasoned rider for the next 24 hours.

The idea for the ride came after Perry Prichard wanted to do something to help the people of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. His brother-in-law- suggested he do something he was passionate about to raise some money.

Perry decided to create the "24 hours for Haiti"; it was something that was never done before.

"The first '24 hours for Haiti' I rode motocross for 24 hours straight and set a world record. We raised a little over 20,000 which was enough to put a down payment on a medical facility down there which is now fully functioning."

But Perry still wanted to do more; so this year he asked some friends to join him on the ride.

"We are lucky here in the United States to not deal with the problems that Haiti has to deal with. I don't mind helping to raise money for such a worthy cause." said Matt Odeneal

The money from this year's ride will go to help buy a motorcycle ambulance to get people medical attention faster.

John Brown from The Hope for Haiti Foundation said "People have to walk for miles and miles to get medical care. it might not seems like a big deal but when you're sick or injured and you have to walk somewhere to get help, that's when it becomes a big deal."

Perry and his buddies will be back Saturday June 2nd, 2012 at noon at Ultimate Motorsports on 10612 Kingston Pike . There's a welcome home party from noon to 5:00 pm for anyone who wants to come by and enjoy music, food and door prizes.

For more information about "Hope for Haiti" and "24 Hours for Haiti" click on the links below.


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