CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION OF GUELPH AND WELLINGTON
With a former career as a physical and outdoor educator, Fred Promoli knows the benefits of regular physical activity. As an athlete, naval officer, and teacher, he has had a wide variety of opportunities for travel, all stemming from a dedication to personal fitness.
Since his retirement, Fred has completed bicycle crossings of six continents in the past number of years, but the Himalayan region has always intrigued him. He received a hip replacement in January 2019, and feels this challenge will be a good test for the new hardware!
"This 3,700 km ride will take cyclists from Kashmir to Kathmandu. Along the way they will pedal over passes as high as 5,000 metres (16,500 feet), spin past remote forts and Gompas (Buddhist monasteries), visit heavenly Himalayan hill stations, search for elusive snow leopards and tigers, take yoga lessons in Rishikesh and marvel at the snow-capped mountain views in the Nepalese town of Pokhara before a final push to Kathmandu and the finish in the nation's capital." (TdA Global Cycling, Toronto)
To add meaning and motivation to this ride, Fred is dedicating it to the children who will benefit from the programs delivered through Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. One hundred per cent of every donation to the foundation in support of this ride will go to these programs. Fred also hopes his reports and photos will help inspire readers to be active and enjoy the health and social benefits of participation in regular physical activities.
Fred has always felt a close connection to the Children’s Foundation since his brother Stephen Promoli's untimely death in 1976 was the initial motivation for the fund which eventually became the foundation. His unwavering support since has helped thousands of children since.
To donate to Fred’s Bike for Brighter Futures, please visit here.
To follow Fred’s journey, please visit Facebook.