A brave 5,300 kilometre bike journey
to help raise funds and awareness
DANIEL CHURCH and his team prior to his departure. He is travelling with his brother John, a friend Hollie O’Brien, and B.C. Paramedic Dave Deines.
By CATHOLINE BUTLER
VANCOUVER – Australian-born Daniel Church, who now makes his home in Vancouver, is a bartender at the popular Wolf and Hound Pub on West Broadway.
He founded Velo Cure and along with some friends has embarked on a 5,300 kilometre bike journey from Vancouver to New York City, to help raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Their ride will take them through five Canadian provinces and six American states over two months. At the same time, groups in Australia and New Zealand also have a similar fundraising plan in effect.
With the blessings of Wolf and Hound, owner/operating manager, Jennifer Gallacher-Finlay, Church left Vancouver on May 31, with his brother John and a friend Hollie O’Brien to ride their bikes across North America, with B.C. Paramedic Dave Deines driving support.
Funds raised for the campaign in Canada will be split between the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Diabetes Association.
Daniel Church has first-hand knowledge of both ravaging diseases, having lost a family friend to cystic fibrosis and another has been diagnosed with diabetes.
I spoke with Daniel Church, while he was on the road in Trail, B.C., and he told me that so far they had raised well over $5,000 for the campaign with the worldwide fundraising tally fast approaching $20,000.
He sounded strong and energetic and promised to let The Celtic Connection know when they reach their goal of New York City on August 2.
For more information about how you can help this courageous group with their exemplary fundraising efforts which will benefit so many people go to: www.velocure.com or www.facebook.com/velocure Donations can also be made at the Wolf and Hound, 3617 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. Call: (604) 738-8909.