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Manchester University students lift a Million Pounds for Peace

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

On April 28, more than a dozen students at Manchester University in North Manchester succeeded in their goal to collectively lift 1 million pounds for peace.

The event was part of a larger campaign through On Earth Peace Assembly, which is based in New Windsor, Md., a news release said.

Manchester students Kyle Riege and Sam Ott decided to organize the lift-a-thon after hearing Bob Gross, the former executive director of On Earth Peace Assembly, speak on campus, the news release said.

Manchester University is located about 20 miles west of Fort Wayne.

Million Pounds for Peace participants began their effort about 10 a.m. They were allowed to lift weight as either a squat, dead lift or bench press, the news release said.

A team of volunteers recorded each lifter's pounds and repetitions. The team learned about 2 p.m. they had reached the 1 million pounds goal, after all lifters had turned in their weight and repetition totals.

The more than $800 also raised in pledges from the lifters' families and friends will go to On Earth Peace's 3000 miles for Peace fund, which was started in memory of Paul Ziegler, the news release said.

Before his unexpected death, Ziegler had a dream to ride his bicycle across the country, raising money and attracting fellow travelers for world peace along the way, the news release said. Many people now are working to help accomplish Ziegler's dream.