Daniel Perrett is going on a bike ride…a BIG bike ride. While most of us huff and puff our way through the spring, our bodies woefully unprepared to take on rigorous physical activity after months of winter hibernation, Daniel is ready to take on 5,000 km from Montreal to Vancouver. His goal is to raise $10,000 for Chab Dai Canada, an anti-trafficking organization based out of Montreal. We had the opportunity to meet Daniel at out McGill screening in April, and this week got to ask him some questions about the ride. Today is his first day on the road!
What inspired you to choose Chab Dai, and what will the money you raise be used for?
When I was researching anti-trafficking organizations in Montreal, I learned about Chab Dai and was inspired by their vision to end human trafficking through collaboration and partnership building. When I dug a little deeper, I learned that Chab Dai Canada was in the process of fundraising to create the Canadian Freedom Registry; a database of anti-human trafficking organizations. All of the $10,000 I raise will go towards the creation of the Canadian Freedom Registry.
What kind of training have you been doing in preparation for your ride?
I have been talking with other bikers who have done the trip and spending time in the gym and doing cross training.
What is the biggest challenge you anticipate on the road?
One of the biggest challenges will be loneliness. I will be on the road for 50 days and that’s a long time to go without seeing friends and family. I’m also expecting to face some serious headwinds, which can be pretty tough.
What part of the ride are you most excited about?
It’s too hard to choose one thing. I can’t wait to tell people more about the Freedom Registry and have the news spread via the social media and TV. I’m also stoked to discover what Canada is really like in between Vancouver and Montreal. And of course, I’m excited to meet amazing people who are also fighting human trafficking.
How long will the ride take?
I leave today, May 9th and I hope to arrive back in Vancouver on June 28th. That’s 50 days to ride 5000km.
Here’s a video of Dan talking about why this issue matters to him.
TODAY, May 9, marks the FIRST DAY of Daniel’s ride! He would love to raise the first $4,000 today, so make a donation at give.danielperrett.com and help him kick off his ride with a bang! You can also follow his journey on facebook and twitter @danperrettweets, as well as get more info at danielperrett.com.
Daniel, we’re cheering you on!!