Motorcyclists' group rides to the rescue of children, begins Ringgold program
Burgettstown High School alumni Michael Chechuck and Sean Daley had been riding motorcycles together for a couple of years when they were joined about a year ago by fellow graduates Michael McClure and Ray Roberts.
“We were just four guys who decided we wanted to make a difference in a kid's life,” Chechuck said. “We're a group of motorcycle guys who love riding motorcycles and helping children. Everything we do has to be for kids under 18.”
That's how Knight's Creed Motorcycle Charity Organization was formed.
Founded in March 2013, Knight's Creed “has devoted its energy to passionately helping children in the community with a variety of needs. The sole purpose, what drives KCMCO is the opportunity to make a positive impact in the life of a child,” according to the nonprofit organization's website.
In just 10 months, they have already made a difference in the lives of several children in need.
In 2013, Knight's Creed raised over $20,000 for several charitable causes benefitting children. These have included:
• Purchasing two pairs of specially designed glasses for a little girl from Burgettstown with Down syndrome.
• Leading a motorcycle run to benefit a boy from Burgettstown with stage 3 kidney disease.
• Renovating the home of a Washington, Pa., girl with epilepsy, making it easier for her to get up and down the stairs of the home.
• Installing security cameras at a school in Bridgeville.
• Providing school supplies for a learning center in Uniontown.
Knight's Creed is now taking its charitable efforts to the schools. The organization has created the Emergency Lunch Fund program. The program is being introduced in the Ringgold School District. At the board's monthly meeting earlier this month, Chechuck addressed the directors. He said Ringgold was chosen to initiate the program because he now lives in the district, having moved to Donora in 2011.
“We know some kids have a rough time,” Chechuck said. “Some kids only get their food at school. There are kids who have no money or forgot their lunch money.”
Knight's Creed is in the process of establishing a special bank account through the school district to which the public can contribute.
“The biker community is canvassing the community and letting them know about account were setting up with school district,” Chechuck said. “They can write a check right to the school account. All of the funds are going right to the school.”
Chechuck said the ELF program will eventually be expanded into the Bentworth and Burgettstown school districts in Washington County.
“My ultimate goal is to help as many children as we can,” Chechuck said.
Chechuk said he has already received some initial promises of support from the business community.
The Eagle Riders in Donora said they would likely get involved, he noted.
Knight's Creed includes 18 members and two teens working through the junior knights program. The teens, who include Chechuck's son Ryan, must complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service for inclusion in the group.
“We're teaching them do things in a chivalrous manner, to help make a difference in people's lives,” Chechuck said.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.