Cyclists On Annual Trek For Aboriginal Diabetes

Monday, June 02, 2008 at 14:19



A group of Saskatoon police officers biking for diabetes will complete their ride this Friday afternoon.


Known as Peacekeepers Pedalling for Aboriginals with Diabetes, or PPAD, the group began cycling on May 22nd in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


They began this annual trip in 2005 in Vancouver.


They bike 2,000 kilometres each year (averaging 150 kms a day), cycling a different route in Canada each time.


Sgt. Tony Nadon with the Saskatoon Police Service says the group wants to bring awareness to the diabetes epidemic among Aboriginal people, partly because most of them are Aboriginal themselves.


Nadon hopes their initiative will provide a healthy example to other Aboriginal people.


He says they’ve gotten a lot of support on their Ontario bike ride.


PPAD will wrap up its bike tour on Friday at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and will be joined by FSIN Vice-Chief Guy Lonechild.