Cycling4Diversity down to its last kilometres

Trip from Victoria to Abbotsford winds up tonight at the Reach

  • May. 24, 2013 8:00 a.m.
The Cycling4Diversity team stopped at Matsqui Elementary School on Friday afternoon to speak to students.

The Cycling4Diversity team stopped at Matsqui Elementary School on Friday afternoon to speak to students.

A team of local cyclists are back in Abbotsford for the last leg of the third annual Cycling4Diversity trip which began on May 21 and ends this evening.

The crew – led by Mission’s Ken Herar – have covered about 300 kilometres while travelling from Victoria to Abbotsford, and visited 14 cities along the way, speaking to schools and community groups about diversity and inclusion.

“The response has been fantastic.” said Herar. “Children really like the concept and the approach to promoting cultural diversity.”

As the trip draws to an end, Herar said the group is happy for such a great response along the way, but sad to see it end.

“It’s emotional, because we’re having a really good time.”

The crew consisted of Herar, Sarina Di Martino Derksen, Aaron Levy, Kris Foulds, Deputy Mayor Bill MacGregor and  Deputy Police Chief Rick Lucy.

They are now back in Abbotsford and will stop at the University of the Fraser Valley at 4 p.m. to share with students and faculty members their message, and talk about the trip.

“Everyone on our team has a little bit of a different message than their fellow teammates, but as a whole, we get the message (of diversity) out.”

The trip will finish at a rally to welcome the group home from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Reach Gallery Museum, 323888 Veterans Way. Food and refreshments will be served.

All guests will have their names entered into a draw for a chance to win a free flight from Abbotsford to Kelowna or Red Deer, courtesy of Northwestern Air.

Cycling4Diversity Week in the province runs from May 19 to 25.

For more information, visit abcdiversity.ca.