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2018-06
 
Vancouver, B.C. June 1, 2018How long does it take to ride a bike across Canada in the name of charity? 32-year-old Paul Arcus is about to find out. 
 
“I’ve had this idea for a long time, and now I’m just really excited to get going,” said Arcus during a visit to the Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon office, on the eve of his coast-to-coast fundraising ride, which he is calling ‘Wunder Wheels’. 
 
Why Make-A-Wish? Arcus, a native of Australia, knew a friend who had a wish granted by Make-A-Wish Australia many years ago, and he saw the difference it made in his friend’s life. Eight years ago, Arcus moved to Canada. Since he’s been here, the idea of a country-wide bike ride in support of Make-A-Wish has been on his mind. 
 
Today, June 1st, Arcus will dip the back wheel of his bike in the Pacific when he departs from Victoria, B.C. before hopping on a ferry to the mainland, where the real work of his 7,300 Kilometre bike ride will begin. 
 
Arcus, who works for production company William F. White International Inc., hopes to raise one dollar for every kilometer he rides, and has budgeted 60 to 70 days to complete his journey, when he will dip his front tire into the Atlantic ocean in St. John’s, Nfld. to mark the end of his epic journey. 
 
“This is a completely self-funded trip,” said Arcus, “so 100 percent of your donation goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I appreciate every dollar donated; thank you so much for your kindness, and wish me luck!” 
 
Arcus is riding solo for the entire trip, planning to camp, stay with friends, and learn the ukulele along the way. “The Uke only weighs 300 grams,” said Arcus, “ so I can justify the weight.” All in with the gear he needs, Arcus’ bike weighs in at a hefty 95 pounds.
 
‘We always say that wishes are as unique as the kids who make the wishes,” said Ross Hetherington, CEO, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, “and we love it when fundraisers themselves come up with really unique ways to bring donations to Make-A-Wish. This is both a unique campaign, and very inspiring. We wish Paul all the best on his journey and look forward to watching his progress.” 
 
Paul plans to make it to Cultus Lake outside Chilliwack on his first day, and tackle the Coquihalla highway on his second day on the road. 
 
You can track Arcus’ progress, watch his promo video, and make donations to his campaign through makeawishca.donordrive.com/event/wunderwheels.
 
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