It didn’t draw a big crowd for its first year, but organizers hoped yesterday’s Pedal Against Poverty event in Gatineau’s Moussette Park helped raise awareness about poverty and celebrate UN World Population Day.
“Our goal is to pass the message that number 1: poverty can be beaten; and number 2: the message is to have fun with it, so let’s really work together at it,” said event co-ordinator Yvon Dupuis.
Gatineau city Coun. Denise Laferriere was on hand to open the event and ride with the cyclists, some of whom collected pledges.
Ali-Chuma Tabaro, who came up with Pedal Against Poverty, said organizers, with almost no budget to make the event happen, relied on cost-effective methods for getting the message out like Facebook and old-fashioned word of mouth.
“We all invited our friends, colleagues and family members and whatever the amount of people who come, we’ll still have a good time.”