Ryan Moore cycles from Melbourne to Adelaide for One Girl Do It In a Dress campaign,

Ryan Moore, of Ballarat, pauses for a pit stop at Murray Bridge's Long Island Caravan Park and Marina on his way from Melbourne to Adelaide. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Ryan Moore, of Ballarat, pauses for a pit stop at Murray Bridge's Long Island Caravan Park and Marina on his way from Melbourne to Adelaide. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Ryan Moore had never been much of a long-distance cyclist until recently, nor had he typically worn a school dress.

But he gave both a go over the past fortnight, riding from Melbourne to Adelaide in a dress to raise money for girls' education in west Africa.

The marketing student from Ballarat, and father of a teenage girl, passed through Coonalpyn last weekend and spent two nights in Murray Bridge during his ride for the charity One Girl's Do It In a Dress campaign.

He had previously raised money for the campaign simply by walking around his home city in a dress, but had wanted to do something different this year.

"Girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda have got a much higher chance of being married (as children) and only six per cent finish high school," he said.

"They get to 13, get their period and if they can't afford high school they're pretty much looking at getting married.

"There's not a lot of ways for a girl without an education to support her family in a country like that."

One Girl supported 300 new scholars every year, he said, and continued to support each of them until they finished the equivalent of year 12.

The charity also offered business training and health classes to adult women.

Mr Moore had raised about $3000 by the time he reached Murray Bridge, still short of his $6000 target.

But he was thankful for the donations he had received, the truckies who had given him room on the highway, and the sights he had seen.

"I'm not the fittest person in the world, but I've really enjoyed it," he said.

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