Bicyclists Benefit African Schools

1 decade 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:18:32 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

Jordan Smith doesn't think raising money has to be a boring event. So this weekend she and an organization called M-Unity are riding bikes to raise money.

"Being so outdoorsy ourselves that we thought it would be a good idea to do something to be outside in spring," Smith said.

M-Unity was created back in September with the purpose of helping kids in Africa get an education.

"We heard the statistic that students in Africa go to school for about $16 a year and so we thought well, there's got to be something that can be done about that," Smith said.

Riders paid $20-25 to register for the event or others could simply donate money. Between the donations and the riders on Saturday, M-Unity raised $700. During the year they have raised close to $10,000. The 20 mile bike ride included stops along the trail with food and water. Most of the riders weren't too concerned with their times on the day.

"I guess more for the charity, because I'm not a very good bike rider per se. But a little bit of both, more just to support the cause today," said rider Brad Willis.

In addition to the bike ride, M-Unity also has wine tasting events to raise money. M-Unity had the goal of collecting $9,600 at the beginning of the year and this weekend's events should put them at that mark.

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