Why I'm Riding My Bicycle Across Two Provinces
Written by Gary Mostert
My wife and I moved to Bonnyville Alberta in 2005, from South Africa, now we call Canada home!
We love people and we care about their lives in general so in 2012 we heard about autism. A friend from Ontario with a boy that's on the spectrum shared how his family lives with ASD daily, the challenges, the joys and yes, the poor Government funding for research. I felt right then, that I was called upon to make a difference.
After a few lifestyle changes and 9 months of training, I cycled from Cold Lake, AB to Edmonton. 3 days and 310 kilometres later, we showed up at the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. We raised good money in a short time and I was hooked on the adrenaline of fundraising. After that event, I knew the need was huge, the workers were few and I wanted to be part of it.
Now it's 2013 and we have a few more people on our team, more people know we are involved and the challenge is much bigger. On September 5th I will leave Cold Lake AB again, this time for Vancouver BC, on this 1450km ride I hope to raise awareness, meet people with the same passions and raise money for Autism Speaks Canada.
I will be followed by a truck for support, supplies and for my safety on the highways. I hope that I could be joined by cyclers all across the two provinces even just for a few kilometres at a time.
Our Facebook Page is "Rednecks with a cause" and we will post photos, video and comments every time we have mobile service. Make sure you check it regularly for updates!
As a team we want to serve a purpose bigger then ourselves and as a person I want to live out my calling in life by using my God given talents.
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