December 10, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
A man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity has received a surly welcome in Winnipeg.
His bicycle was stolen on Wednesday night in the 800 block of Leila Avenue.
Winnipeg police said the bike is a dark blue touring bike with silver accents and the word 'Napoli' written on the frame. There were two black/grey saddle bags on the rear of the bike and one on the front.
Bike owner Anas Cheema was travelling through Winnipeg on his fundraising ride for SOS Children’s Villages charity, an international charity helping orphaned and abandoned children. Cheema said he has served as a volunteer with the organization in Pakistan.
His trip started in Victoria, B.C., on June 14 and was expected to conclude in St. John's, Nfld.
"I got my bike stolen here from winnipeg last night. I am completely speechless. All my stuff is gone including all bank cards, mobile phone, camera, everything," Cheema said in an email to the Free Press and on his Facebook page.
"All i am gonna say is I am not gonna give up. I wanna continue my bike ride and I will fundraise with even more rigour and energy. No one can stop me. I will fundraise to get a new bike and get on the road as soon as possible."
Cheema's page on the You Caring fundraising website indicates he is a native of Pakistan in his fourth year of economics at the University of Victoria in B.C.
Cheema did not return an email message asking for further comment.
A video interview with Cheema conducted earlier this year in Medicine Hat:
Updated on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM CDT: