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In Canada, Sikh Bikers raise over $60k for Canadian Cancer Foundation

Sikh bikers in Canada rode a total of 12,000 kilometres and raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Foundation

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  • Sikh bikers in Canada rode a total of 12,000 kilometres to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Foundation
  • $60k will go towards research, prevention plans and in assisting people towards their fight against cancer
  • One of the major reasons and purposes of this 12,000 km trip across the nation was to build relations between the mainstream community and the Sikh living next-door

“This is a totally committed and passionate group of community members,” said Allan Mugford, Canadian Cancer Foundation’s regional director. He quoted these words in appreciation towards the Sikh bikers in Canada who rode a total of 12,000 kilometres to raise funds for the agency and they completed their tour on Sunday, July 17. The fundraising effort left everyone stunned and amazed as they raised over 60,000 dollars for the noble cause.

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The group of bikers toured their way through British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, before turning around in Montreal for a noble cause. This tour gathered the attention of many citizens and more than 70 individuals and groups made donations to support the cancer charity. The 24 members made their way into Surrey, Canada, where they not only raised awareness and garnered people’s interest into their virtuous journey but also attempted to build bridges between various communities, mentioned indiandiaspora.com.

Canada motorbike group. Image source: ndtv
Canada motorbike group. Image source: ndtv

The huge sum of money will go towards the research, prevention plans as well as in assisting people towards their fight against this deadly disease. The funds will also be used for paediatric cancers and children undergoing chemotherapies. “We thought about those kids that are in need  of that money and so that gave us energy and we kept fighting through it,” said one of the 24 riders, Charnjit Dhadda. One of the major reasons and purposes of this 12,000 km trip across the nation was to build relations between the mainstream community and the Sikh living next-door.

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This agenda was hugely successful and the founder of the Club, Harjinder Singh Thind was quoted saying to CTV news that, one of the major reasons and purposes of this 12,000 km trip across the nation was to build relations between the mainstream community and the Sikh living next-door. “Every city we went to the Sikh community, the non-Sikh communities, everyone was cooperative of us,” he said to CTV news. Along this journey these bikers met the supportive member of different communities and their journey was documented with the help of local TV channels and radio stations where they shared their story.

The ride was in partnership with Canadian Cancer Foundation.

– prepared by Karishma Vanjani of Newsgram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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The United States and Canada promised a fair judicial process for a Chinese tech executive who was arrested earlier this month in Canada.

In talks at the State Department on Friday, the U.S. and Canadian foreign and defense ministers put on a united front, following a growing diplomatic dispute between the United States and China, in which Canada finds itself in the middle.

Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland defended her country’s detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, saying it was “not a political decision,” but “a matter of following the rules.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was also “respecting the rule of law each step along the way” as it seeks Meng.

Canada arrested Meng at the request of the United States, which says Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran. She has been released on bail and is awaiting possible extradition to the United States.

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Freeland implicitly pushed back against recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has said the case could be used as part of wider trade negotiations with Beijing.

“It is also very important for Canada that extradition agreements are not to be used for political purposes,” she said. “Canada does not do it that way and I believe it is obvious that democratic countries, such as our partners in the United States, do the same.”

Freeland also said she was extremely concerned about the fate of two Canadians — businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig — who were detained in China this week, in what is widely seen as a case of retaliation against Canada’s detention of Meng.

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“For me and the prime minister, there are no issues that touch us more personally and immediately than the detention of Canadians outside our country,” Freeland said, adding, “This is a huge priority for our government.”

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Secretary of State Pompeo called China’s detention of the Canadian citizens “unacceptable” and said that they “ought to be returned.”

China’s foreign ministry says the Canadian citizens are each being investigated on suspicion of violating China’s national security laws. Analysts and rights groups have called those laws powerful and vague.

In a statement Saturday, the International Crisis Group called for the immediate release of Kovrig, who is their senior expert for North East Asia, based in Hong Kong. The group said Kovrig had always worked transparently and constructively with Chinese authorities.

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“The real danger to China comes from Michael’s arbitrary arrest and detention, for these will have a chilling effect on people wanting to visit and engage with the country,” said Crisis Group president and CEO Robert Malley.

The statement also noted that since Kovrig had been a Canadian diplomat in China between 2014 and 2016, “diplomatic missions around the globe should be concerned by the suggestion that normal diplomatic work could be grounds for future detention.

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