25 000 Mile “Cycle For Education”


PORT SAINT LUCIE, April 27, 2011 – Iduka’s Good Will Ambassador Ms. Jolandie Rust departs from Cape Town on South Africa’s Freedom Day and will begin today her 25 000 mile “Cycle For Education.” This 2 ½ year circumnavigation cycle tour will see Rust touring the entire continent alone – making her the first woman to do so.

As Iduka’s Goodwill Ambassador, Rust will deliver an open letter to African leaders in each of the 32 countries she will visit, calling on them to promote and protect higher education in Africa. Moreover, in partnership with Iduka, Rust will be raising funds and awarding scholarships to local students along the way. Her efforts are also geared towards mobilizing volunteers in all African countries. Together, Rust and Iduka will be assisting African students achieve their goals of post-secondary education.

For Rust, education means opportunities and prosperity in Africa. “With education comes more knowledge and skills. Through education you improve yourself as a person, and together…a nation” she says, preparing for departure. She hopes that her work promoting higher education on behalf of Iduka on this epic 2 ½ year journey will inspire youths throughout Africa, particularly marginalized girls, to follow their dreams of a better future. Sadly, at the moment Africa has the lowest primary school completion rates in the world and the majority of out-of-school children are girls. The role of Goodwill Ambassador for Iduka will give Rust the opportunity to establish an important and lasting relationship between Iduka and all local governments interested in promoting and protecting higher education in the continent.

Rust is departing from Cape Town on Freedom Day in South Africa, which is a celebratory day of hope and opportunity. Setting off around 10am local time she will be seen off by a crowd of friends and supporters, and she plans to cross the Namibia border in the next two weeks. When asked how she feels about this challenge, she replied, “A little nervous, but very excited! I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time!”

Editor’s Note:

About Jolandie Rust

Jolandie Rust grew up in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg. She started her cycling career in 2004 with a tour of Israel. In 2008 she cycled from Johannesburg to Cape Town. On January 10, 2010 she became the first woman to cycle solo around South Africa. Rust’s next adventure is schedule to start in South Africa on Freedom Day, April 27, 2011.

About Iduka Corporation

Iduka is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote post-secondary education by connecting students with micro-donors and community service organizations through an interest free micro-loan and grant program. The corporation is currently developing and implementing a pilot project in Africa targeting undeserved, underrepresented, and underprivileged students.

PR and Media Contact

For additional information about Iduka or Jolandie, please visit https://idukamicroloans.wordpress.com or http://jolandie-rust.blogspot.com, or contact Miguel Martim at +1-772-335-9030.


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