Pedaling for Health Care in Burma

Tue, Jun 7, 2011


Naing Soe passing through Keremeos, British Columbia
Naing Soe passing through Keremeos, British Columbia on his way to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Pedaling for Health Care in Burma

METRO VANCOUVER – (June 8, 2011) – On June 2, Naing Soe from Kwantlen's Information Technology department, departed on a cycling trip that will take him, and close friend Rod Germaine, across Canada. The duo is pedaling from North Vancouver, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia over nine weeks, approximately 5,800 kilometres or 3,500 miles, with the goal of raising $250,000 for health care for Burmese people on the Thai-Burma border.

As a Burma native who left more than 20 years ago, Naing is still a very strong supporter of the democratic movement in his home country.

"Naing is an extremely talented and compassionate person," commented Maggie Fung, executive director of Information and Educational Technology at Kwantlen. "We are delighted that he has chosen to support such a great cause and will do everything in our power to support him."

As an active member of Just Aid, an overseas organization whose aim is to provide support from within Canada for the struggle toward democracy and human rights for all the peoples of Burma, Naing has no limits when it comes to supporting Burma. Recently he has started devoting his free time applying his IT knowledge in the development of the Burmese character set to be used in computing.

To follow Naing or to learn more about supporting him on his journey, visit his blog at:

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