Cycling for a cause: 10-year-old takes on a 350km race to support local charity Pipa News

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What started as a way to stay active during the pandemic has turned into a 350km bike race for 10-year-old Owen Denis of Windsor, Ontario, and this Saturday he is asking the community to come out and help support him.

He tracks every bike ride he makes through October 1st, raising food and money for Drouillard Place, which offers services in the Ford City community.

“I motivate this mostly just for people who don’t have enough money to go to the store and buy food, so I want to help people by raising money for Drouillard Place,” Owen said.

His mother, Monica Denis, said she challenged Owen for a walk when the pandemic first started to keep him active with purpose.

“It worked,” Monica said. “He did 200 (kilometers) the first time, so we thought we’d push the limit a little bit this time.”

When people in the community heard about Owen’s walk, some wanted to get involved and support him, so this time Owen and his family decided to add an element of charity.

On Saturday, they invite people to join Owen at Ford’s test track for a bike ride, walk, or donate to charity.

Owen said he wants to bring more items to the Drouillard Place food pantry that will be specially adapted for children.

“Whenever people go to the food pantries, they only get what they need,” he said.

WATCH | Meet the 10-year-old who cycled 350 km through Place Drouillard:

Meet the 10 year old who biked 350 km for a cause.

Owen Denis of Windsor, Ontario is challenging himself to cycle 350 kilometers and is raising money for Drouillard Place.


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