Bikers ride to end violence against women 0
Staff photo by Jordan Maxwell... Alexander Waddling, left, and Danny 'Red' Surjanac, pose for a photo after stopping in Portage on their 4,500 km ride to Vancouver from Toronto on Monday. The two are doing the Ride For A Dream tour for the White Ribbon campaign to raise awareness and end violence against women.
From working together as sword fighters at the Medieval Times in Toronto to riding over 4,500 km to Vancouver: this is the reality for Alexander Waddling and Danny Surjanac.
The two bike riders from Toronto are cycling their way to Vancouver from Toronto for the Ride for a Dream campaign in order to raise awareness to end violence against women as part of the White Ribbon campaign.
"It's been great. In terms of meeting people, they've been so friendly, kind and giving. It's been beautiful here. It was a shock coming into Manitoba because you use enter this flatness that I couldn't comprehend but we're getting familiar. The support we've had has been great," said Waddling.
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. The organization began the mission in 1991 as people began to don the white ribbon, a sign and personal pledge, "to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and girls."
See more in Tues. May 22 issue of the Portage Daily Graphic