After a few remiders, Kingsong was able to send a thank you letter to every one who helped with the Biking Expidition to wrap up the event.
As our biking event has winded down, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped out with the event.
We are grateful for the funding provided by the United Way. Thank you, Karen for your guidance in helping us plan the event. Though we know the work was “all us”.
The Biking Expedition was nicely wrapped up by the Bicycles for Humanity presentation. Thank you, Seb for sharing the amazing work you do with all of the youth.
The experience in planning the event was certainly a challenge. Thanks to Benny for planning out the route and to Joseph and Jon for creating the amazing posters. We also had a very cool banner made by Felix.
I think we can all appreciate Mother Nature for giving us a nice, sunny day. Thanks to Karida for helping to set up and to Ahwon for lending the two bikes (which were put to very good use).
Finally, I’m looking forward to the event video. It was hilarious watching Paul find all those crazy hiding spots.
I know we can continue with the effort everyone has put in already to make the next event even more exciting.
All the best,
As promised, (again, after being reminded for several times) Kingsong also came up with an essay to add the final touch to his Biking Expidtion.
He asked Karen for contacts that can help to publish the essay. Karen refer him to Phillip Ambroziak at email@example.com who might help to put it at EMC.
Here comes the essay.
The Biking Expedition
By Kingsong Chen
The sky was cloudy, with beams of sunlight streaking through. The leaves on the trees were turning vibrant red and yellow. The canal surface was as still as the ducks floating on the surface. But if you looked on the path, you could see many young bikers, with bright helmets, chatting and laughing as they rode on. This was the Biking Expedition, created to acquaint youth with biking on Ottawa’s scenic paths.
The Biking Expedition was the first event, held on October 23, by the newly formed “Natural Leaders Ottawa”, a committee of youth dedicated to encouraging youth to get active in the outdoors.
The planning for the event was boosted with funding from the United Way and a mentorship from Karen Gormley, Regional Coordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program.
The youth certainly did get active. Starting and ending at Dows Lake, winding by Parliament Hill, cruising down the Ottawa River Park and finally passing through Island Park Drive. In total, the youth covered almost 20 kilometers in about two hours, with a few breaks along the way. “It was really fun”, says Geoffrey Duimovich. “Considering otherwise, I would just be at home playing video games.” The expedition was not without its rewards as the youth enjoyed free subs, snacks and drinks afterwards.
The event was concluded with an inspiring presentation from Seb Oran, founder of Bicycles 4 Humanity Ottawa. “B4H send gently used bikes to Africa to help improve access to healthcare, education, food, water and employment.”
The Biking Expedition was the first event created by the youth in Natural Leaders Ottawa. Currently the youth are busily preparing for the next outdoor winter event. If you are or know any local youth, join us at www.fb.me/nlottawa. Help us engage our community in nature!