Orna ped­als off on 4,000 km cy­cle

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A FOR­MER boarder at Our Lady’s School, Cler­mont in Rath­new will set off on a 4,000 km cy­cle from Am­s­ter­dam to Is­tan­bul to raise funds to ed­u­cate third world cit­i­zens

24 year old Orna Joyce moved to Water­ford with her fam­ily a num­ber of years ago but still has many close friends in Wick­low and reg­u­larly pays vis­its back to the area.

Now she has fin­ished her de­gree in Mu­sic Per­for­mance as an Opera Singer in the Dublin Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic D.I.T. and the Uni­ver­sity of Mu­sic and Per­form­ing Arts in Vi­enna, she has de­cided to turn her at­ten­tion to the char­i­ta­ble ef­forts of the Global Agents for Change.

This is a non­profit, mainly stu­dent run, Cana­dian re g i s t e red Char­ity which raises funds for ed­u­cat­ing third world cit­i­zens and first world cit­i­zens alike in how they can make a dif­fer­ence in life.

‘I am not nor­mally the ath­letic type so I feel toil and trou­ble loom­ing up but I am pas­sion­ate about bring­ing about a fairer and bet­ter world,’ Orna says as she ex­plains her rea­sons for get­ting in­volved in the chal­lenge.

‘I took classes for one Se­mes­ter in Eth­nic­ity and Hu­man De­vel­op­ment at Corv­i­nus Uni­ver­sity in Bu­dapest and hope to go on in life and work in Hu­man De­vel­op­ment. I got in­volved in this project in April 2008 and have since then been on the Or­gan­i­sa­tional Board work­ing hard on lo­gis­tics and ed­u­ca­tional plan­ning. Hope­fully I won’t die try­ing.....lit­er­ally.’

The ride will en­tail five days a week cycling 100km per day and then two days a week in which ac­tiv­i­ties with lo­cal ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Mi­cro­cre­dit sys­tem will be or­gan­ised or ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions for lo­cals.

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