Cyclists touring B.C. to highlight Ukraine struggle

A group of Ukrainian cyclists are travelling 100,000 kilometres to raise awareness for Ukraine war.

Cyclists from Ukraine are travelling 10,000 kilometres through the U.S. and Canada in an effort to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the war in Ukraine including orphans and families who have lost loved ones because of the war.

The eight cyclists on the tour — some of whom are veterans of the war — stopped in Vernon recently.

“They are going around Canada and the U.S. to thank the governments for their support with their army from initiatives to training their personnel over there,” said Andrea Malysh, Program Manager for the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. “They are raising money for the veterans, for the orphans and widows. We have over a million and a half displaced people so that’s their purpose in raising the money.”

The war in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region is in it’s the fifth year of unrest. In an April article, the Washington Post deemed the Donbas war is considered one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. More than 10,000 people have reportedly been killed because of the conflict; 2,800 were civilians.

Malysh said they chose to meet at the mural because of its symbolism and the Ukrainian history it represents.

The group is cycling the Chumak Way — a 10,000 km tour from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. It started in Los Angeles, goes through more than 400 towns and cities and ends in Washington D.C. The trip takes about 100 days.

The group of cyclists includes volunteers and veterans. They said they are biking for peace.

“Some of us were at the front line to defend our country [Ukraine] from aggressors,” the cyclists wrote in a press release Wednesday. “We know it is possible to end war wherever it takes place in the world. We must look for solutions. That is why we bike for peace.”

This project is a partnership for the success of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (provincials councils and branches,) Ukraine Embassy and Consulates in Canada, UNF, USCAK Canada Federation Inc., CYM, PLAST, among others.

The local branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress will be hosting the cyclists on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church Hall, 4105 41st Avenue. Everyone is welcome to meet the team. Donations will be accepted.

To see the full cross Canada journey visit: http://proidysvit.org

Signature

 

The group is cycling the Chumak Way — a 10,000 km tour from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Vernon Morning Star)

The tour started in Los Angeles and will travel through more than 400 towns and cities, ending in Washington D.C. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Vernon Morning Star)

Just Posted

Okanagan Cultural Connections live venue tour kicks off in Vernon

Two dozen promoters, national booking agents, and music reps to visit venues from Vernon to Oliver

RCMP look for men who helped in Lake Country jet ski accident

Two men in a boat offered help following a collision about 40-feet from shore Thursday

Armstrong looks for new city hall input

City will send a survey to residents in the fall asking for help on a new facility plan

Second-quarter police report shows assault, theft on the rise in Vernon

Through the first half of 2019, assault was up 61 per cent from the same period last year

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Mistake-riddled offence leads to first loss for Okanagan Sun

The Sun lost to the Westshore Rebels 16-13

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Fire departments extinguish suspicious wildfire near West Kelowna

Crews established a fire guard and knocked down the blaze before it grew to one hectare.

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read