On Sunday cyclists with Chumak Way Cycle Tour of North America were in Calgary before heading to Red Deer on Monday. (Photo from Facebook)

Ukrainian cyclists promoting peace visit Red Deer

Spreading the message of peace

Eight cyclists from Ukraine brought their peace tour to Red Deer Monday night.

Chumak Way Cycle Tour of North America began in Los Angeles, Calif. on May 23 to cycle 10,000 km across the United States and into Canada before returning to the U.S. to Washington, D.C. on August 29.

Cyclist Dmytro Prokin said as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues, the cycling tour is helping to bring attention to what is happening in their country.

“We are a peaceful nation. We are riding for peace,” said Prokin in Red Deer on Tuesday before the team left for Edmonton.

Cyclists are on the road for 150 km, five days a week, travelling with two people in a support van. They will visit about 400 communities before the end of the tour.

The cyclists are riding in support of families and orphans suffering from the war in Eastern Ukraine. Meetings are set up in communities along the tour to meet with local Ukrainian populations.

He said not a lot of information is available to Ukrainians in Canada and America about the what is happening. There’s also a lot of fake news out there.

“Here there’s no Ukrainian TV, there’s no radio stations. In each city we have a meeting. They have many questions.”

Monday night they met with about 30 people at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church.

They also want to speak with other Canadians and Americans.

“Everywhere we try to connect with people and meet people,” Prokin said.

He said the team took their peace tour to Europe in 2016 where they cycled 11,000 across 16 countries.

“We want peace all around the world.”

The tour is also about promoting innovative Ukrainian projects in North America.

For more information about the tour visit Chumak Way Cycling Tour on Facebook.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

red deer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Samson Cree Nation reeling after 10 year old-boy-shot; 13-year-old charged of manslaughter

‘Don’t give up, keep praying, we will get through this’

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Aug. 9

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00… Continue reading

Team says technical issues from ‘unprecedented demand’ left Oilers raffle in limbo

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers’ record-setting online 50/50 raffle from Friday with… Continue reading

Update: Possible drowning at Pigeon Lake involved man and woman from Edmonton

Bodies recovered from Pigeon Lake’s northeastern shores.

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

Cast your votes for Best of Red Deer

The Advocate’s Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are back. Community… Continue reading

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid

Karyn Keith says she isn’t asking for much. All she wants is… Continue reading

Who can dismiss the Governor General? A look at protocols and possibilities

OTTAWA — With Gov. Gen. Julie Payette finding herself the focus of… Continue reading

Liberals turn over thousands of pages on WE decision

OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government has turned over thousands of pages… Continue reading

US hits 5 million confirmed virus cases, Europe is amazed

ROME — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million… Continue reading

University of Victoria and women’s rowing coach sued over alleged verbal abuse

VANCOUVER — A former member of the University of Victoria’s varsity women’s… Continue reading

Parents, teachers press Quebec to revise back-to-school plan amid COVID-19

MONTREAL — For Politimi Karounis, August is usually spent buying new backpacks,… Continue reading

Most Read