Nebraska motorcyclists to raise awareness for children’s mental health

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is holding its 15th annual Pony Express Ride to raise awareness for children’s mental health.

Volunteer motorcyclists begin their trip in Scottsbluff on Wednesday.  The ride will end at the Nebraska State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

During the trip across the state, motorcyclists will act as the Pony Express by picking up letters about mental health from kids, their families and supporters.

Riders plan to make stops in Kimball, Sidney, Ogallala, North Platte, Gothenburg, Kearney, Grand Island, York, Columbus, Norfolk and Fremont.

The letters will then be delivered to DHHS Chief Executive Officer Dannette R. Smith and Secretary of State Bob Evnen.

“It’s so important to start these necessary conversations early, which allows your child to get needed help as soon as possible,” said Sheri Dawson, director of DHHS’s Division of Behavioral Health.

Children and supporters can drop off their letters to the Pony Express at the following times:

Wednesday

  • 5:30 p.m., Scottsbluff – Community gathering to raise awareness for children’s mental health at Cirrus House, 1130 M St.

Thursday

  • 8:10 a.m., Kimball
  • 9 a.m., Sidney – Family 4Ward, 1105 Illinois Ave.
  • 9:30 a.m., Sidney – Kids Korner, 627 Toledo St.
  • 11:10 a.m., Ogallala – Keith County CASA, 307 W. A St.
  • 1:45 p.m., North Platte – Family 1st Partnership event, Cody Park, 1601 N. Jeffers St.
  • 3:20 p.m., Gothenburg – Community Resource Fair at Pony Express Station, 510 15th St.  
  • 5:10 p.m., Kearney – Event with Families CARE, 4111 4th Ave. #2.

Friday

  • 9:50 a.m., Grand Island – Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic, 3230 W. Wildwood Drive
  • 11 a.m., York – Wessels Living History Farm, 5520 S. Lincoln Ave., followed by a parade from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • 1:20 p.m., Columbus – Youth & Families for Christ, 2809 13th St.
  • 3:35 p.m., Norfolk – Public event with Parent to Parent Network, Ta-Ha Zouka Park
  • 5:30 p.m., Fremont – Country Inn & Suites

Saturday

  • 9:10 a.m., Boys Town – Kickoff for NAMI Walk, Pacific Street
  • 1:30 p.m.: Arrive at Nebraska State Capitol Building, north steps, to deliver letters. Activities for children, food, booths and more will be part of the celebration.
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