Unicycle Across Canada

June 25, 2009 08:05 ET

Unicycling Across Canada for Child Soldiers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) -

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One man, one wheel, 4700 km!

On Sunday June 28th at approximately 3:00 pm in front of the Centennial Peace Flame on Parliament Hill, Philip Schleihauf will push the last pedal stroke on the one wheel that brought him from Victoria, B.C. back home to Ottawa.

Philip has met the awesome challenge that he set for himself in his gap year between high school and university. He has unicycled from the west coast of Canada to Ottawa. The reason for the trip: he wishes to raise the awareness of Canadians about child soldiers in Northern Uganda.

Invisible Children is an organization established by youths with the main focus of freeing and educating child soldiers. Ninety percent of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda were abducted as children. Philip heard about Invisible Children through his involvement with the Social Justice Group at Lester B Pearson High School. "Invisible Children really made an impression on me because I hadn't heard of child soldiers before finding out about that organization," he said, adding that he considers himself a reasonably informed person. "I grew up in a house where social consciousness was a part of life. Invisible Children is an amazing organization; the work they do is really effective."

Philip started unicycling about six years ago. "It wasn't what I expected. I quickly realized that unicycling could be a practical means of transportation. There are actually specialized unicycles for touring."

Throughout the journey, Philip has maintained a website www.unicycleacrosscanada.ca with a GPS track, his blog, photos, and video segments.

People are invited to ride along with Phil along on the last leg of the journey and to meet representatives from Invisible Children at the finish. To cycle 20 km meet at the toboggan hill at Walter Baker Park (Terry Fox Dr. and Maple Grove) on Sunday June 28th at 1:00pm. Or join in along the way on the bike path. Leaving times are 2:00pm from Andrew Haydon Park, 2:30 from the bike path parking lot just east of the Champlain Bridge (Island Park) off Ottawa River Parkway, and 2:45 from in front of the War Museum. Schleihauf will end his journey at the Centennial Peace Flame at 3:00pm. Times are approximate, but will be no earlier.

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