Cyclist raising money for water projects in Haiti

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Jeff Glen from Vancouver sits on his bicycle in Moose Jaw on Wednesday. Glen is cycling across Canada to raise money for water projects in Haiti through the charity Water.org.

By Lisa Goudy

Jeff Glen’s trip across Canada hasn’t been easy.

“There’s been some tough days out there actually. I think it rained the first five days in B.C.,” said Glen, who began his cycling trip across Canada in Vancouver on June 3. “If it’s raining, I’ll keep going. If there’s a tornado, I’ll stop.”

Glen is planning to cycle all the way to the pier in St. John’s, N.L. by approximately mid-September. Travelling with camping equipment and other supplies, Glen said his cycling tour is to raise money for water projects in Haiti through the charity Water.org, Glen made a stop in Moose Jaw on Wednesday amid strong gusting winds.

He said he chose that charity because it is an issue he feels needs to be addressed.

“What stood out about this one is that they use micro-credit,” said Glen.

“They are more like project managers, but then they hire local diggers or builders in a well. So the money goes not just to the community that’s gaining a well, but to the area that is building the well. It really kind of fit what I was looking for.”

He added that actor Matt Damon is a co-founder of the charity. As of Wednesday, Glen said he’d raised $7,700, which was above his initial goal of $7,000.

Now he is hoping to raise $12,000, with the goal of raising approximately a dollar a kilometer.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Haiti, Canada, Vancouver Moose Jaw

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