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UIndy cyclists hit the road for charity

UIndy student Nicole Bies and alumna Brenda Barrie are living the university’s “Education for Service” motto this year with some long-haul bicycling for worthy causes.



Bies of Evansville, who majored in Psychology as an undergraduate and will enter UIndy’s Master of Occupational Therapy program this fall, is taking part in the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure. From June 7 to Aug. 11, a team of volunteer riders is traveling 3,700 miles from Savannah, Ga., to Vancouver, B.C., in an effort to raise $220,000 for the center’s mission of eliminating substandard housing for impoverished people around the world.

Nicole’s participation was inspired by a 2012 UIndy Spring Term trip to Sierra Leone, in which she and fellow students helped refurbish a school dormitory. Her personal goal this summer is to raise $4,250 for the Fuller Center’s work in Sierra Leone.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of my friends and the people of Sierra Leone,” Bies says on the project’s website. “So the money raised will help build a house for someone or a family in the country I left a piece of my heart in last summer.”

Learn more about Nicole and read blog entries from her trip here.

Meanwhile, Barrie is training for “Cycle Kenya to Tanzania 2013” to benefit the International Childcare Trust. She hopes to raise $5,000 in October by cycling 247 miles from Nairobi and around the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. ICT supports local organizations in Africa and Asia to help improve the lives of children.

Learn more about her effort here.

The 2002 UIndy Theatre grad lives in the Chicago area, where she is finding success as an actress. Learn about that side of her life here.



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