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Posted: 06/05/10

Students put wheels in motion for Ghana project

Staff and students at West Nottinghamshire College are getting their bicycle chains oiled and tyres pumped up for a fundraising bike ride to Skegness.

A group of 26 students and eight staff will be embarking on the 80-mile journey from the college’s Derby Road campus in Mansfield to help fund a volunteering visit to Ghana.

They will be departing at 7am on Sunday 16 May, with the aim of being on the Skegness beach for a celebratory barbecue at tea-time.

The riders will cycle relay-style, each covering part of the distance, although some of the more experienced cyclists plan to ride the entire journey.

Students’ Union president Luke Frakes has arranged the marathon cycle ride to raise funds for the Ghana Project, which will see a group of students and staff travelling to the country’s Kwahu East District in July.  They will spend two weeks teaching English and maths to schoolchildren, helping re-build a village school and visiting an orphanage.

It follows last summer’s visit to Ghana’s Mpraeso region, when students took part in a host of volunteering activities.

Luke said:  “This cycle ride is the latest in a series of fundraising activities to make the Ghana trip possible. We’re hoping it will raise over £3,000 towards the volunteering visit, which will give students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a different culture while giving something back.”