Pedals power uni dream 

Kerry-Lynn Dixon will ride more than 3850km to graduate at CDU's May mid-year ceremony

Kerry-Lynn Dixon is embarking on the journey of a lifetime as she prepares to cycle from Geelong to Darwin to realise a life-long educational dream.

The 43-year-old single mother of two is set to embark on her 29-day, 3850km ride next week to don her graduation robes and mortar board in the Top End.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin University, Ms Dixon is using pedal power to support a cause with a difference.

Ms Dixon is riding solo to raise awareness about the importance of education for everyone regardless of their age or circumstance.

“If I, at the age of 43 can work, raise two teenage sons and study for a degree, then anyone can,” she said.

“I want young students in schools to realise the importance of studying hard, aiming high and achieving their goals, all as a way of preparing for life beyond school. 

“I believe it so much that I'm willing to cycle nearly 4000 km to pick up my degree, which essentially is only a piece of paper, but a piece of paper that represents so much.”

Ms Dixon said her decision to undertake such a challenging task was, as she describes it, “a logical choice”.

“I was consumed with how I could make my graduation one of the most significant moments of my life,” she said.

“Catching a plane to Darwin just doesn't do it for me. It has to be bigger, much bigger.”

As an enthusiastic cyclist, Ms Dixon said she couldn’t think of a better way to get to her graduation night than by biking it.

“As a result of my epiphany, Pushing for Education was created and has grown from strength to strength,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to follow my blog, which will be regularly updated over my journey.”

Ms Dixon will leave Geelong on Saturday, 16 April to arrive for CDU’s mid-year graduation ceremony to be held from the 19-20 May.

For more information on Pushing for Education and Ms Dixon’s story visit