Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cycling4Diversity team was at the 7th Annual Abby Fest with a Dunk Tank

It’s hard to believe that Abby Fest is right around the corner. Actually, it starts tomorrow morning from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Agri Fair Building and it’s in 7th year. Featuring all day entertainment, a beer garden, multicultural food trucks from around the globe and more than 60 booths highlighting every facet of our community. The festival attracts more than 4000 visitors each year. Having gone on several occasions it’s always fun for all ages. For those, who may struggle with the acceptance of diversity this is a great venue to challenge yourself and learn about the people and organizations that exists in our community. Diversity is simply about people and that is what Abby Fest is simply about. After shaking so many hands and having amazing conversations I always walk away so fulfilled every time I attend this event. Preet Rai who is a School Trustee in Abbotsford and is one of the organizers of Abby Fest said: “we have so much multicultural talent in our community and Abby Fest features this talent through its colorful dances, mouth-watering multicultural cuisine. The festival is a relaxing way to enjoy the diversity of our beautiful city with family and friends.”
 I recently had a friend who contacted me about how she wanted her son to learn more about diversity. We met Sabrina and her son Erik  for coffee and I gave him a Cycling4Diversity shirt and explained to him what C4D meant. He was thrilled to have one and share in the message with his friends and classmates.
For those, who have young children this is a great opportunity to open their minds to different things that exist in our community. All it takes is just one amazing moment to change a growing mind forever. This year, Cycling4Diversity Foundation will be having a Dunk Tank at the event and we encourage everyone come out and take down a few members. Come and get someone wet in the name of diversity. C4D Executive Coordinator Anne-Marie Sjoden said: “After great success with the ride this past spring and the many other events like the Dunk Tank at Mission Fest, we decided to bring it back again to Abby Fest for everyone’s enjoyment”. 
Just a few weeks ago, I witnessed a gas station fire here in town. The first thing that came to mind was to clear all the 19 years worth of columns that existed in a dozen boxes or so in my attic. I have been wanting to do this for years and family has constantly reminded me to clear this clutter. After witnessing this fire, I took their advice and after a dozen recycling bags filled to the top, we narrowed it down to two boxes. Sifting through hundreds of papers, it becomes very clear how news becomes ancient so quickly.  Instead, of keeping the entire paper I just ripped the page my column was on and will be delivering these boxes to the archives in Mission for preservation. I urge you all to do the same and keep your home free of any fire hazards.