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Cyclists prepare for long distance tour to raise money for Africa

Photo credit: 2013 Ride: Well Tour Photo credit: 2013 Ride: Well Tour

Right now, cyclists with a mission are gearing up for a long distance tour that will begin in Columbus on June 17.

This group of men and women from across the country will take a two-week, 550-mile road trip on their bicycles. The Ride:Well Tour will travel throughout the southeastern United States, from Atlanta, GA to Pawleys Island, SC; making stops in 13 cities along the way.

The reason for their trek? It's all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the water and HIV/AIDS crises in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The riders will stay at churches and attend events throughout their journey to speak and educate communities about Blood:Water Mission, a grassroots organization that seeks to empower communities to work together against the water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa. Since it's inception in 2004, Blood:Water Mission has funded clean water projects in over 1,300 communities and started three HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa.

The funds raised by the Ride:Well team will go specifically to the Marsabit region of Kenya, an area in the Horn of Africa that has been severely affected by the recent drought. Together, past Ride:Well teams have raised nearly $500,000 to support the Tumaini Medical Center and multiple water projects in Marsabit.

The Ride:Well Tour is organized by Venture Expeditions, an adventure-driven humanitarian nonprofit working to connect people with causes through dozens of various outdoor adventures.

For more information, contact Joelle Polisky at (615) 516-0358 or via email jpolisky12@gmail.com.

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