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Fundraising cyclist to speak in Emo


This year’s “Spring Fever Days” (April 16-18) will be a busy time for many people across the district.

One event that should not be missed, however, is the men’s monthly breakfast meeting at the Emo Legion this Saturday at 8 a.m.

For only $10, the men of district can have a fantastic buffet breakfast as well as the pleasure of listening to Arvid Loewen, an ultra-marathon cyclist from Winnipeg.

Thirty months ago, Loewen resigned from his job of 31 years with Palliser to put all his efforts into creating awareness and raising funds for a street rescue mission in Kenya, Africa.

His ultra-marathon cycling has become an effective method of sharing his passion to help the orphaned and abandoned children of this part of the world.

Loewen’s most recent event, “Race Across America,” is a single-stage, 5,000-km coast-to-coast trek across the United States that’s known as the world’s toughest bike race.

By the sixth day of the gruelling race, Loewen no longer could hold his head up and had to use a brace so he could just keep going.

Despite getting an average of just two hours and 15 minutes of sleep every 24 hours, Loewen reached the East Coast in 11 days, three hours, and 19 minutes, which was 10th overall and first in his age category (50-59).

As far as Loewen was concerned, quitting was just not an option. He endured the pain and exhaustion because he believes in his mission.

By completing the Race Across America, Loewen and his family raised $215,000 for the orphaned and abandoned street children rescued by Mully Children’s Family.

The Kenyan charity is named after Charles Mulli, who at one point in his life was one of those abandoned kids. But after becoming a wealthy businessman, Mulli gave it all up to go back to the streets he came from in order to offer the children of the streets hope and a chance for a better life.

Today, he is a father to 2,000 former street kids, with more than 3,000 already equipped to become contributing members of this life-giving society.

Those who decide to attend Saturday’s breakfast meeting will have a chance to meet and listen to Loewen, who is an incredibly inspirational and motivating speaker.

For more information or to make a contribution to this worthy cause, visit his website at

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