Abbotsford News Friday, June 6, 2014
Riding for clean water Cycling across Canada Jason ROESSLE Abbotsford News
A quartet of friends is combining a few milestones into one upcoming event. Mike Woodard, Rob Montgomery, Timo Itkonen, and Richard Blaschek will dip their toes into the Pacific Ocean at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria on July 1, and plan to repeat that action in the Atlantic 54 days later in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The event is called Cycling4Water. Montgomery, who resides in Quebec, and Abbotsford’s Woodard had talked years earlier about riding across the country to celebrate turning 60 years old, but decided that “it shouldn’t just be a recreational ride,” said Woodard, “so we started looking for a cause.” Woodard and Montgomery will both turn 60 during the ride, while Mission’s Itkonen will celebrate his 63rd birthday. Blaschek, 50, is also
from Mission, and Woodard said is called “The Kid.” They decided they wanted to bring awareness to the Global Aid Network’s (GAiN) efforts to help build 60 deep-water wells in Africa, giving 60,000 villagers disease-free water. The group is trying to raise $510,000 (each well costs $8,500) through social media and partnerships with local organizations. To date, they have raised just over $53,000, with 13 wells pledged. The men are also sourcing funding to help with the estimated $12,000 to $15,000 the voyage will cost. So far, Abbotsford’s Fraserway RV has donated a support vehicle, and Columbia Cabinets is sponsoring the ride by paying to wrap the RV in signage. For more information visit cycling4water.ca, follow @cycling4water on Twitter, or find the group on Facebook.
Liberal for new riding Liberal Party of Canada members can vote for the first-ever Liberal candidate in the newly formed riding of Mission - Matsqui - Fraser Canyon. The next federal election will be held in October 2015. The new riding includes the northernmost portion of Abbotsford, all of Mission and reaches up through the Interior, north of Lillooet and Ashcroft. The Liberal Party of Canada has issued a meeting to nominate a candidate on Saturday, June 14 at 11 a.m. in the Cadet Building at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. Members of the party can vote beginning after the speeches at 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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June 06, 2014 edition of the Abbotsford News