A 21 year old woman is passing through the East Kootenay on her cross country bike ride to raise money for indigenous youth.
Anne Thomas dipped her back tire in the Pacific Ocean last month to start her journey through Canada that will support the WE movement.
It’s an initiative that aims to bring people together in an effort to create change.
Thomas, who hails from Ottawa but has been living and working in Whistler the last six months, says she chose the charity because she’s very passionate about empowering youth.
She explains the money she raises will go toward Action Camp, which provides resources for young aboriginals to make a difference in their community.
Thomas points out she’s not just giving a specific group money, but she’s enabling them to “pay it forward”, so they are using the help they’ve received to help others.
This isn’t the first time Thomas has put her efforts toward influencing future generations.
Before moving to BC last year, she spent over 2,000 hours in rural villages in Fiji and the Polynesian islands volunteering as a teacher.
Thomas says young people are our future, and if you be a positive influence for them there’s great potential for change.
Thomas says it was a challenge she put to herself to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary and her desire to explore her country.
She jokes she just learned how to put air in her tires right before blowing a flat Sunday near outside of Yahk.
Thomas hopes to dip her front tire in the Atlantic Ocean sometime in August but suggests she’s taking her time to enjoy all Canada has to offer.
You can follow her journey and donate here.
– Cyclist Anne Thomas
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– Josh Hoffman
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