VICTORIA, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Lloyd Mclean and Bob MacDonald of
Pictou, N.S. are not your ordinary cycling enthusiasts. They just
finished cycling over 8,260 km as part of an 85-day cross-Canada
bicycle tour on behalf of blind cyclist, Craig Aucoin. The national
ride raised awareness and funds for three major Canadian charities that
helped transform Aucoin's life: CNIB, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
and YMCAs in Canada. The Craig Gives Back team concluded their journey
at the Terry Fox Memorial Monument in Victoria, B.C. on Sunday, Oct.
"Craig and the team's achievements and their tireless commitment to the
cause have been nothing short of inspirational," said John Rafferty,
president and CEO of CNIB. "We are proud to work with Craig and Bob, as
we work with people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to
provide the personalized rehabilitation support they need to see beyond
vision loss, build their independence and pursue their dreams."
As the tour made its way across the country, many inspiring individuals
took up Aucoin's cause - first among them was MacDonald, who is
partially sighted, and like Aucoin, has retinitis pigmentosa and is a
After beginning the tour in St. John's, N.L. on Aug. 4, the
inspirational Aucoin was forced to withdraw due to cycling injuries to
his Achilles tendon and wrist. To ensure the tour would continue while
Aucoin recuperated at home, Aucoin and McLean enlisted the help of
friend and avid cyclist MacDonald to occupy the second seat on the
bike. Aucoin rejoined the tour alongside McLean and MacDonald in
Vancouver on Oct. 23.
Aucoin's selfless decision to not rejoin the ride until its final legs
allowed MacDonald to accomplish one of the goals of the Craig Gives
Back ride - for the first blind cyclist to cross Canada coast-to-coast
(in this case, from Sydney, N.S. to Victoria, B.C.) on a two-wheeled
"I'm very grateful to Bob for stepping in to help. Both he and Lloyd did
an incredible job at raising awareness across Canada for three
extraordinary causes. The Craig Gives Back team is no longer a pair,
we're a trio - the three of us finished the tour together," said
The Craig Gives Back team travelled over 8,260 km cross-country on the
Altena Janus, a back-to-back recumbent tandem bicycle - the only one of
its kind in Canada.
For more information on the Craig Gives Back-to-Back Cross-Canada Bicycle Tour or to make a donation, please visit craiggivesback.ca and 'like' Craig Gives Back on Facebook at facebook.com/craiggivesback.
About the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) is a national, non-profit,
registered, charitable organization that assists visually-impaired
Canadians with their mobility by providing and training them in the use
of professionally trained Guide Dogs.
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based
support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are
blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and
opportunities to fully participate in life.
About the YMCA
YMCA Canada is a registered charity dedicated to building healthy
communities by nurturing the potential of children, teens and young
adults, promoting healthy living, fostering social responsibility in
order to create lasting personal and social change.
Image with caption: "Bob MacDonald, Craig Aucoin and Lloyd McLean wrapped up the Craig Gives Back-2-Back Cross Canada Tour at the Terry Fox Memorial Monument in Victoria, B.C. on Sunday, Oct. 27. (CNW Group/Craig Gives Back)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131028_C7873_PHOTO_EN_32658.jpg
SOURCE: Craig Gives Back
For further information:
Amelia Schofield, Craig Gives Back
Office: (902) 453.1480 ext. 5727
Mobile: (902) 403.2493