‘Cycling cleric’ bikes into Almonte

Today Imam Jebara, the “Cycling Cleric”, was accompanied on his ride from Pakenham to the Almonte Old Town Hall by Jeff Mills and cyclists from the Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month Riders as part of his ‘Ride United’ initiative to raise funds for youth initiatives.

by Bob Lesser

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He was greeted by Mayor Shaun McLaughlin, United Way director Fraser Scantlebury, and other dignitaries before he spoke about the need to focus on youth and support and encourage them to be the best they can be.

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His stop in Almonte is part of his seven-day, 360 kilometre journey to raise money to support the United Ways in Lanark, Ottawa, Prescott-Russell and Renfrew Counties, and the work they do to help kids.

Imam Jebara started his cycling journey on April 23rd, travelling from Hawkesbury to Ottawa.  On Wednesday he travelled from Pembroke to Renfrew and today from there through Almonte and to Carleton Place. He’ll return to Ottawa tomorrow.

Donations in support of Ride United can be made at www.rideunited.ca or by calling 613-228-6700. Funds raised through Ride United will provide critical programming, including after-school and pre-school activities, access to nutritious snacks, sports and mentorship.

“This is an amazing initiative and its truly inspiring to see the support and generosity of this remarkable faith leader,” said Scantlebury.