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Global outreach through bicycles and dancers [Cockeysville]

For the Towson Times
Local dancers came together on Nov. 1 to perform a benefit concert to raise money for girls' education in rura

It was Bike Day at Epworth United Methodist Church in Cockeysville on Oct. 17th when the church sponsored its second annual drive to collect used bicycles. Spearheaded by Matt Steiner with an assist from Ed Fishel, Epworth collected 45 bikes, which will be donated to Bikes for the World, a nonprofit organization that delivers old bikes to a new owner overseas where they will be used to get someone to school, work, or health services. The Epworth bicycles are headed for Costa Rica this year. Bikes for the World has shipped over 14,000 bicycles to the developing country since 2005.

According to Steiner, "Epworth does these sort of projects because we believe in being the hands and feet of Christ in the world. We seek to serve God by serving others, so the mission of Bikes for the World aligns nicely with the mission of Epworth and the church universal. Plus, it's a lot of fun." Congratulations on a successful drive!

If you missed the Bike Day at Epworth, there are drives Nov. 7th at the Lutherville Bike Shop and Fort Garrison Elementary. Check out www.bikesfortheworld.org for more details.

Local dancers came together on Nov. 1 to perform a benefit concert to raise money for girls' education in rural Uganda. Organized by Project: More Love, a local nonprofit founded by Lindsey Hedrick and Lara Martin, teachers at The Moving Company Dance studio in Cockeysville, the concert hoped to raise $2,500 to support the education of Recheal from Masaka, Uganda. As the only educated member of her entire village, Recheal has a dream of becoming a doctor and is pursuing a doctorate degree in clinical and community health at Kampala International University.

The benefit concert was held at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School and featured nine performing groups. The drum line from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C., performed as well as dance groups from Hereford High School, Oldfields School, Catholic High School, Friends School and New Song Academy. Dulaney High School dancers Luca Green, Jenna Farabaugh, Jane Peterson, Haneyah Carter-Johnson, with choreography by senior Sarah Morrison, also performed. The Moving Company dancers supported the benefit and had two performing groups featuring choreography from Molly Jean Kirkup. The company featured Hallie Buese, Caroline Coker, Rebecca Fox, Hailey Russo, Sierra Shetler, Alexandra Strouse, Dora Stancheva, and Erica Trauner. The Company II dancers were Mary Beth Bauermann, Sophia Christoff, Maeve Corcoran, Ashanti Hill, Kelly Holt, Diana Liepinya, Mollee Neblett, Peyton Shetler, Abigail Stancheva, Julia Strouse, and Anna Suval.

Lindsey Hedrick, president of Project: More Love, was thrilled with the response to the concert and from the performers. "The girls have been really engaged and actively participated in the event's success ... both by performing and personally selling tickets. Their efforts will make it possible for us to fund Recheal's sophomore year, which is so exciting." For more information about Project: More Love, please visit www.projectmorelove.org.

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