Local cyclist to pedal across Canada for kids’ cancer

Bob Ahuja of Abbotsford is participating in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride for the fourth consecutive year

Bob Ahuja has participated in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride in three previous years.

Bob Ahuja has participated in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride in three previous years.

Bob Ahuja of Abbotsford is participating in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride for the fourth consecutive year.

In conjunction with the endeavour, he is hosting a fundraiser on June 19 at Duke’s Country Pub in Chilliwack (41582 Yale Rd.).

Tickets are $20 for the roast beef buffet dinner and are available at the door or by calling 604-897-3181.

The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride is held on behalf of childhood cancer and this year begins in Vancouver on Sept. 10 and ends in Halifax on Sept. 26.

Riding in relay style, the selected national riders each cycle about 150 km and 220 km per day and are joined at times by thousands of other cyclists who ride shorter “stage ride” distances.

At the start and end of each day, the cyclists participate in community events and visit many of Canada’s 17 pediatric oncology centres and hospitals.

Each rider is responsible for raising $25,000.

Ahuja, an Abbotsford bus driver, first participated in the event in 2012, when he was part of the team that went all the way to Halifax, while in 2013 he went to Winnipeg and last year to Toronto.

This year, he is going to Halifax again.

Prior to joining this ride, the 44-year-old married father of two did the Ride to Conquer Cancer from 2009 to 2012.

For more information or to make a donation to Ahuja’s campaign, visit http://bit.ly/1GDcwOa.