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Student group brings awareness to Burma

May 16, 2013

Chadron State College students and friends who participated in the Chi Alpha Bike for Burma project. Standing, Arron Eagle and Evan Baker. Seated, back row, left to right, Major Armstead, Job Corps alumni Kelly Elser, Katy Stewart and Aisea Tremaine.
Seated, front row, left to right,  Shawna Lightfritz, Taylor Greear, Cheyenne Wilson, Mary Lou Nelson, Afa Tualaulelei and CSC Alum Victoria Barraza. (Courtesy photo) Chadron State College students and friends who participated in the Chi Alpha Bike for Burma project. Standing, Arron Eagle and Evan Baker. Seated, back row, left to right, Major Armstead, Job Corps alumni Kelly Elser, Katy Stewart and Aisea Tremaine. Seated, front row, left to right, Shawna Lightfritz, Taylor Greear, Cheyenne Wilson, Mary Lou Nelson, Afa Tualaulelei and CSC Alum Victoria Barraza. (Courtesy photo)
Chadron State College students Shawna Lightfritz and Taylor Greear participated in the 10k following the 24-hour Bike for Burma project sponsored by Chi Alpha. Chadron State College students Shawna Lightfritz and Taylor Greear participated in the 10k following the 24-hour Bike for Burma project sponsored by Chi Alpha.

The Chadron State College chapter of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship recently partnered with an organization called Venture Expeditions to bring awareness to social injustices in the country of Burma.

Chi Alpha Pastor Shawn Banzhaf said his organization invited refugees from Burma who are students at the Pine Ridge Job Corps to participate in a panel discussion on campus, sharing their first-hand accounts. CSC student Kellie Aye, from Burma, also gave a presentation about her country at the program.

Several weeks later, Chi Alpha set up three stationary bikes around campus for CSC students to ride in an effort to increase awareness and help raise 10,000 meals to be sent to a Burma refugee camp in Thailand.

According to Banzhaf, over 150 students rode over 700 miles in 24 hours. After the bike ride, another 15 students helped with, ran or walked a 10K to finalize the event.

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