Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ferris Student Raises Awareness, Funds Through Bike Trip

Ferris Student Bikes For A Good Cause

BIG RAPIDS – Many college students this summer will be asking themselves, “What will I do during my summer vacation?” Some will work at internships and jobs, others will go on a vacation, and a few may even find themselves back in the classroom.

Joel Gardner, a sophomore majoring in Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University, decided to spend his summer vacation testing his strength and will by biking and camping along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Though many students enjoy biking during the warm months of summer, Gardner is going the extra mile: his mission is focused on philanthropy.

Gardner has set up Web site where supporters can make a donation to the International Justice Mission during his biking trip. The International Justice Mission is a human rights organization that intervenes in areas with defective systems of justice where human trafficking and sexual slavery are allowed to persist.

“I want to raise awareness for a huge problem. Not many people are aware of what goes on and even less people do things to solve it,” Gardner said. “I want to get people thinking about these types of issues in the world so they will want to get involved.”

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