By Cam Tucker, the Times | Link to Article
It was mission accomplished for Ken Herar and a group of cyclists who travelled from Abbotsford to Victoria recently to help spread the message about cultural diversity.
Herar, a columnist with the Abbotsford-Mission Times, and his cycling team began the four-day, 200-kilometre Cycling for Diversity tour on Wednesday, May 18 and arrived back in the Fraser Valley on Saturday.
Along the way, he and his comrades made 24 stops and spoke at eight elementary and high schools to help spread the word about the importance of cultural diversity.
"It was a great team effort," Herar said on Tuesday.
"We built many partnerships within the communities we visited from Mission to Victoria. We got our message out there. It was great. It surpassed my expectations."
Herar said the biggest part of building a cultural society is through beginning and improving on relationships with many different people.
"The only way diversity is going to work is through partnerships," he said.
"It can't just exist through itself. It's through partnerships and team work, and that was the concept of our ride."
Herar and his teammates were accompanied in Abbotsford by APD Deputy Chief Rick Lucy and city councillor Bill MacGregor.
When they arrived in Victoria, acting Mayor Marianne Alto was on hand to greet the riders, as were a handful of people from both Abbotsford and Mission, said Herar.
"People were very supportive and they liked the concept," he said.
It's early still, but Herar added the wheels are already in motion for next year's Cycling for Diversity tour.
He's hoping more riders are able to join in and make the journey.
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