One of five cyclists struck by a hit-and-run driver in Kanata last year will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for disadvantaged women and girls through CARE Canada in 2011.
Although his physical injuries from the collision have healed, Nepean resident Mark White, now 38, said he suffered a complex brain injury from the crash and continues to see several therapists.
While recovering in hospital last year, White read about a friend’s charity work with disadvantaged boys and girls in Africa. That compelled him to go on a volunteer expedition in Kenya earlier this spring, where he met a little girl who inspired him to do more.
“When you’re in this type of accident, you feel powerless to do anything. Over there, you can do so much good. You can change people’s lives by being there,” White said.
“The funds raised will contribute towards providing them with opportunities for self-sustained economic development to provide them a means to support their family and selves,” said White, who is hiking in Gatineau Park in preparation for the climb next February.
White said it wasn’t the collision that compelled him to support the cause.
“We go out and do things, because we’re caring and dynamic people,” he said. “It’s not because of the accident.”