Family went for a camping this weekend and met this guy from Quebec.
My husband Joji and friend Jorge offered their help to him upon learning he was moving his tent to a spot adjacent to ours. We invited him over to our table for the day’s lunch.
Being French, his name is so hard to say. He introduced himself as Guillaume Leblanc or “Guy” for short.
We asked if he eats meat and he was delighted to taste our Filipino Adobo (pork stew).
He said he needs protein because he has lost so much weight pedalling for weeks. And that’s how our short but meaningful conversation started.
Have you heard of people riding their bicycle and doing cross-country tour for a cause? That’s exactly what Guy is up to.
He is in Manitoba backpacking at the same campground as we are for a few days. He came all the way from Regina, Saskatchewan riding his bike.
As we feast on our tasty Adobo cooked by Jorge, we learned that Guy took three months off his work as electrician to pedal across Canada in support of STARS AIR AMBULANCE and its counterpart in other provinces.
“I ride and raise money for STARS air ambulance because I want people to know its importance in providing crucial medical help to people in remote areas. “
The idea behind Guy’s journey started when he personally experienced needing the service of STARS.
Two years ago, he and friend Jeremy (who is Filipino-Canadian) were mountain biking in Bragg Creek, Alberta when Jeremy crashed in the steep hill and suffered major injuries.
Because of the quick response of STARS, rightaway the duo cyclists’ location was reached. Critically injured and unconscious Jeremy was stabilized and transported to the hospital.
Now back on his feet, Jeremy is able to kick his bike again and was able to join Guy at some point in biking the Prairies.
“STARS was there to rescue Jeremy. And as a way to thank STARS, we want to bring awareness to people about what it does.”
So far, Guy has raised about ten thousand dollars cycling across Canada.
Starting from Vancouver this June, he hopes to tour Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and end in St. Johns Newfoundland. He explained to us that other provinces have different names for their air ambulance system. In Ontario, they call it ORNGE.
As my family left the campground today, Guy was also off to continue his mission to Kenora, Ontario.
As he waved to us as he left, we had nothing but admiration and Godly wishes for such a wonderful soul.
He put to risk his health and his own life pedalling in highways through sun and rain so more people could live.
We are proud of you Guy! We will continue cheering for you as you reach your final destination and reach your goal.
Guy and Jeremy would be very happy to get our support so many more lives be saved. Find him on facebook by searching Guy Cycling Canada.
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