FARGO, N.D. Some visitors pedaled their way through Fargo on Wednesday. Two women from the U.K. have been biking through the world for the past 11 months—they're doing it all to raise money to build a school in Ghana.
The women, both in their 30s—Dawn Logan, from Scotland and Claire Gover, from England—quit their jobs last year for the trip, and will have cycled through 25 countries in all: 10 states here in the U.S.
The two say they’ve saved money from their jobs and have also been renting out their homes, in order to fund the trip—meanwhile, they’ve been raising money for the school via their social media presence, posting GoPro videos of the trek.
The money will go to Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries. The women say it’s a cause they care deeply about.
"I grew up on a farm in Scotland,” Logan said, “and without the great education that I had, I would still be living there and may have never traveled anywhere in the world...I can't imagine my life without a basic education and unfortunately there are children all over the world who don't have that."
Claire Gover tells us they began conceptualizing the plan about three years ago.
"I was a teacher back in the UK, loving life, loving my job,” Gover said. “Dawn was an engineer in Houston, loving her life and loving her job. And we went on a cycling holiday and she basically turned around and said, 'I wanna cycle around the world, do you want to come with me,' and I was like, 'Yeah, why not, let's do it.’"
The women call their cause Pedalling for a Promise—it’s the British spelling of “pedaling” (two ls) and their Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pedallingforpromise/
So far they've raised nearly $20,000. Their goal for the school is $35,000, and they've got about three months to go.