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Riding Across Texas for 'Bikes & Books'

Nobelity Project
NPR's John Burnett and KUT's Hawk Mendenhall begin their 720 mile bike ride from Brownsville to Oklahoma.

A pair of public radio heavyweights are off on a 720 mile bicycle ride across Texas, from Brownsville to the Red River, to raise money for bikes and textbooks for high schoolers in Africa.

NPR's John Burnett and KUT's Hawk Mendenhall set off from Boca Chica beach in Brownsville this morning. They'll end their trip in Sewards Bluff, Oklahoma on October 3rd. 

NPR's John Burnett (left) and KUT's Hawk Mendenhall.

Their goal is to raise $12,000 to benefit the Nobelity Project, an Austin-based non-profit that builds classrooms, libraries and water systems in rural communities in Kenya. The donations will be used to buy bikes for students at the schools supported by the Nobelity Project, and provide the students with textbooks.

Get details on how to donate here. You can also keep up with their journey by following John and Hawk on Twitter: @radiobigtex and @hawkeyelovely (plus Instagram)

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