Orna pedals off on 4,000 km cycle
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.