Another year has come and gone as those who knew a great man the founder of WarChild RG; David "P-Nut" Grimes grieve his passing from this earth. May he Rest in Peace, July 07, 1960 to September 16, 2006.
Six years ago, on September 16, 2006 David Grimes or "P-Nut" as he was commonly referred to by his friends and group members life was taken abruptly in a tragic motorcycle accident in the curve between Delta and Chaffee, Missouri. Although, his life was not lived without purpose; for "P-nut" had a dream.
His vision was simple, to form a riding group for motorcycle enthusiasts whose purpose was to gather as friends and ride together as brethren while raising money for the children who depend on St. Jude Children Hospital of Memphis.
His dream became reality when the group began with only 12 members in March of 2005 within Sandy's Toddle Inn; a family owned bar and grill in Chaffee, MO. The Toddle Inn continues to be the groups clubhouse in which meetings are held the second Saturday of every month.
In these short years, "P-Nut's" dream for WarChild has grown into a non-profit Riding Group upwards of 100 members strong who are dedicated to supporting the children of St. Jude Hospital, and the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape.
The Riding Group's annual donation to St. Jude is dependant each year on the hard work of the group's members and the generosity of their supporters. Annually the Riding Group plans a Poker Run in the spring, along with their BIG fundraiser held annually the first weekend in June out at the Frigga Farms in between Chaffee and Oran on County Highway 248, called "Rebel Yell."
Throughout the year members also sell unique coloring books for $5.00 each which are designed by a local Chaffee artist. Along with Warchild RG supporter tee shirts, dew rags and hats. ALL funds raised during these three activities go directly to St. Jude Children's Hospital. The 2012 Rally was the 8th Annual Rebel Yell. It helped the group raise $9500.00 which was hand delivered July 28, 2012 to St. Jude Children Hospital.
Each fall the group organizes a Poker run, which benefits the entertainment fund of the residents of the Missouri Veterans home in Cape Girardeau. This year's ride will begin at the Cape VFW and end at Sandy's Toddle Inn in Chaffee Missouri, Saturday September 22, 2012. First Bikes out at 10 am, last back in at 5 pm. Ride your bike or drive your car, only a $10 fee per rider. Come one come all to show your support of our Missouri Veterans.
All of these good works have been made possible by one man and his dream; Thank you David "P-Nut' Grimes for having the courage and dedication to make a difference!! It's a GREAT day to be WarChild!!!
If you would like to learn more about the GOOD works being done by "P-Nut" Grimes legacy, the Warchild Riding Group, or to make a donation, buy a coloring book, supporter merchandise or to learn what it takes to become a member of Warchild, find us online at http://warchildrg.weebly.com/ Or on Facebook at Warchild Rg.
The Poker Run
By: Robert Boitnott
The day has come, crisp and blue, Today we ride for the angels of St. Jude.
They awake in pain, not knowing why, not understanding how the world works.
To put the glitter back in their eyes, Today we ride like angels on the devils edge,Knowing our course is true and just.
Today is the Children's Day that we strive to help find the cure-BECAUSE WE MUST!
May angels fly at our wing tips and keep us safe to do this task.
Peaceful we are, though WarChild is our name, Knights on bikes is our aim.