Stafford reaches Edmonton on trek in memory of slain daughter

He pedalled nearly 3,500 kilometres across the country and finally reached the Edmonton area Thursday.

He pedalled nearly 3,500 kilometres across the country and finally reached the Edmonton area Thursday.

Rodney Stafford, the father of slain eight-year-old Victoria Stafford, began his awareness ride on Aug. 5.

After his daughter’s murder, he vowed to remind parents across Canada to protect their children.

Stafford will gather with families at West Edmonton Mall Saturday afternoon for the tour finale event. Children will be fingerprinted for free, and Stafford will talk about his life in the months since his daughter’s murder.

Victoria spent last summer with her aunt, Rebecca Stafford-Nichols, and extended family. After Saturday, Stafford-Nichols said, the family will journey to Jasper, travelling the same route Victoria took on a trip last summer.

“Rodney wants to see everything she saw with his own eyes,” she said.

Once in the rocky region, he’ll climb alone to the top of Whistler’s Mountain, and release a purple balloon in his daughter’s honour.

 
 
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