A BALLARAT dad is planning to literally dress up in a bid to raise awareness of the plight of girls education in Africa.
Ryan Moore, "a six-foot-four, 100kg" father of two will later this year ride from Melbourne to Adelaide in a school dress to raise awareness and money for the One Girl's Do It In A Dress campaign.
"I am hoping the sight of such a bloke riding along the highway in a school dress will let people have some fun, and be enough to stop people and at the very least raise some awareness," he said.
Mr Moore admits to being a novice cyclist, but is deep in training, last week completing his first 100km ride and he plans to start riding in a dress in late July or August for the ride which is slated for spring.
"It was my idea to ride to Adelaide," he said.
"I've been trying to give up the car. I drive a diesel car and I remember last October fuel was about $1.60 and I thought 'bugger this' so I went in and cleaned the bike up and off I went.
"I was thinking what I could do different, so it's just grown from there."
He said he hopes to raise $5000 for the charity and has already garnered support from local businesses willing to chip in and help with the cause.
"While I am on the ride, the staff at my local cafe, Ballarista in Lydiard Street South, will be wearing school dresses to support me," he said.
"The general support and encouragement from the Ballarat community so far has been awesome."
He said as a father with a teenage daughter of his own, he felt he needed to do something to help girls around the world.
"A girl in Sierra Leone is more likely to be forced into marriage as a child than she is to finish high school," he said.
"I have a daughter in high school. If this happened to one of her fellow students in Ballarat we'd all go crazy about it, so I'm taking a stand and hoping to both raise some money and awareness of their situation."
He hopes to complete the ride over nine days from September 23 and is open to others joining him if they also wish to help the charity.
If you wish to ride, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0431 116 717.
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