How long does it take to ride a bike across Canada in the name of charity? Paul Arcus, 33, found out first-hand.
On June 1, 2018, Paul embarked on an epic coast-to-coast fundraising ride in Canada affectionately called, The Wunder Wheels TransCanada in support of Make-A-Wish®.
Why Make-A-Wish? Paul, a native of Australia, knew a friend who had a wish granted by Make-A-Wish® Australia, and he saw the difference it made in his friend’s life. Ten years ago, Paul moved to Canada. Since he’s been here, the idea of a cross-country bike ride in support of Make-A-Wish has been on his mind.
Paul hoped to raise one dollar for every kilometre he rode (approximately 7,400 km in total) and budgeted 60 to 70 days to complete his solo journey from British Columbia to Newfoundland. He managed to complete the ride in 46 days and raise $18,000 for Make-A-Wish® Canada’s British Columbia and Yukon chapter.
As if cycling across Canada raising thousands of dollars for charity wasn't incredible enough, Paul says there is one moment he will never forget. When Paul was just two kilometres shy of Canada’s most easterly point at Cape Spear, Newfoundland, he was surprised by his girlfriend and parents who were waiting for him close to the finish line.
“Throughout my journey, I had the privilege of meeting wish families and others who have a connection to Make-A-Wish,” Paul says. “They know first-hand the positive impact a wish can have on a child and their family. I’m so happy to know that my efforts will help more families at such a critical time in their lives.”
Wunder Wheels Stats:
10 provinces, 5 time zones
7,472.9 km pedaled, 3,9548 m climbed
307 hours, 45 minutes in the saddle
10 Flat Tires
$18,075 raised for Make-A-Wish