Will pedal for food

Campus Christians raise money for Jordan

Alexandria Mott Collegio Reporter

Three students labor and sweat atop stationary bikes in the Oval, despite 80-degree weather and almost no wind to cool them. The students, Holly Roberts, Hannah Hunsinger and Josey Martin, all of whom are members of Campus Christians, are informally competing to clock the most miles during their hour-long shifts, because the calories they burn will become food for starving families in Jordan.

The Campus Christians are calling the 36-hour bike-a-thon “Tour de Hope,” and some of their sponsors are giving 25 cents to 50 cents per mile biked toward the relief effort.

James Bacus, minister for Campus Christians, says that none of the money raised will be diverted to the mission’s costs.

“Every penny raised goes directly into the mouths of starving children,” Bacus said.

The biking began at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, and will continue until 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Although the bike-a-thon has a sign-up sheet, students don’t need to put their name down to participate. And if the bikes are full, the Campus Christians say they’re more than willing to let someone else pedal for a while.

“We don’t want it to just be our organization,” said Hunsinger, junior in nursing. “We want to get the campus involved.”

Tracey Fienen, junior in marketing and part of the event’s planning committee, says the Tour de Hope was inspired by a mission trip to Jordan last summer. Campus Christians plans to return the summer of 2011.

The money raised through Tour de Hope goes toward purchasing food boxes through Global Hope Network International.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for all students in our organization and on campus to have a positive impact on this trip and on the people in Jordan,” Fienen said.

Jordan Lambert, sophomore in business management and an active member of the Tour de Hope planning committee, has been helping promote the event, as well as helping collect bicycles and contact sponsors, which includes Midwest Heating Cooling & Plumbing, Bike America, First Christian Church of Lamar, Don Smith, Dinah Lambert, LaCygne Christian Church and Trey Canard.

“Our mission is to create an opportunity in which all PSU students can contribute to the hunger relief efforts in Amman, Jordan, and have a blast doing it,” Jordan Lambert said.

The goal is to raise $1,000 in 36 hours, which will be enough to supply a month’s worth of food to about 30 families. As of press time, Campus Christians had raised about $760.

There is no fee or required donation to ride one of the stationary bikes in the Ooval, and Fienen says that students do not need to sign up before helping.

“They can stop by the Oval at any time and ride an empty bicycle,” Fienen said.

The event will have a closing rally and cookout at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Oval, and it will end with a worship service at 8 p.m. in Grubbs 109 featuring a worship band and speakers from Christ Church of Oronogo.

Martin, junior in history education, says he’s biking for reasons far deeper than giving food.

“My faith has given me a heart to help people,” Martin said.

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