Mission complete! The Schmidt family successfully cycled 6,000 kilometers from B.C. to the Atlantic Ocean, raising $36,650 to help people experiencing hunger overseas. Thank you to everyone who supported their efforts.

The Family Dream

Cycling across Canada is more than just a fulfillment of a dream for Orlando Schmidt of Abbotsford, BC. It is an opportunity to spend time with his family and to raise money and awareness about a cause close to his heart—helping people around the world who are hungry, and to encourage people in Canada to support the work of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

I’ve always loved cycling. I don’t know how it started, but from when I was a young kid, I had this dream of cycling across Canada” Orlando Schmidt, Abbotsford B.C.

Orlando will be cycling with his children Raquel, Jayden, and Nathan and son-in-law Caleb. They will be supported by Orlando’s wife Vivian and daughter-in-law Kaitlyn who will be driving alongside with supplies and equipment for the group.

The Schmidt family started talking about doing a family cycling trip when the youngest, Nathan, was out of high school and they’ve been planning it for about ten years. From June 8 until August 12, the family will cycle just over 6,000 km from Abbotsford, B.C. all the way through to Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Schmidt Family

Continuing a life of service

“I have had a strong interest in caring for the needs of hungry people since the early 1980s,” says Orlando. “As a young adult, I was deeply touched by media coverage of the famine in Ethiopia and decided to pursue a career in agriculture as a result.” The family continued to serve in the 1990s, living and volunteering in Brazil with Mennonite Central Committee agriculture and education programs.

The family has a goal to raise $60,000 through sponsorship of their trip, at $10 per kilometer. All the money raised will be used to help the Foodgrains Bank and its members respond to the challenges of ending global hunger around the world. While cycling across the country, the family also hopes to encourage Canadians to learn more about the issues around global hunger through the I Care campaign and signing postcards.

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For more information about the tour contact Tami Duff at 1-800-665-0377 or tduff@foodgrainsbank.ca

or call toll free 1.800.665.0377