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For the ninth year in a row, the Kiwanis Cycles Kilometers for Diabetes (KCKD) team will hit the road to raise awareness and dollars for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in children. Clad in bright Canada jerseys, the KCKD cyclists will set off at 9:15 am on Sunday May 29th from the Willows Beach Tea Pavilion. Six days and 450 gruelling kilometers later, they’ll get a fire truck and police car escort into Port Alberni, their final destination.

Along the way, the team will stop at schools in Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay, and Powell River to talk about active living and healthy eating. Robin Nadig, KCKD team leader and founder of the event, says the half-hour school presentations are casual and informative. “I might show students the amount of sugar that’s contained in a large pop – when I hold up a plastic baggie almost full of sugar, that makes a big impression. We’re not asking kids to do anything radical to their diet, just be aware of how much sugar they’re eating, and reduce it when they can.” With team riders ranging in age from 17 to 49, they also show the benefits of an active lifestyle in a very visible way.

Fundraising is a big part of the Kiwanis Cycles Kilometers for Diabetes, with close to $100,000 already raised over the past eight years. Some team members have raised pledges for their ride, and one has organized a teen dance in Port Alberni on June 11th. Safeway has donated lunch supplies for the six-day ride, and the Kiwanis are providing overnight accommodation, dinners and breakfasts. Kiwanis members from Division 15 (north of the Malahat and Powell River) and Division 17 (Greater Victoria) are providing volunteer drivers and other support throughout the ride.

Interested donors may contact Robin Nadig at (250)730-0899 or rnadig [at] shaw.ca. Members of the public are encouraged to support the Canadian Diabetes Association with a donation at http://www.diabetes.ca/get-involved/supporting-us/donate-online/