Peace Keepers Pedaling For Aboriginal People With Diabetes Begin 2009 Journey

Members of the Saskatoon Police Service will enbark on the the final leg of their four year bicycle journey to raise awareness about diabetes.

The six members, known as Peace Keepers Pedaling for Aboriginal People with Diabetes (PPAD), will set off from Ottawa, Thursday, May 21, 2009 and make their way to St. John's, Newfoundland. The members will be joined in Moncton, New Brunswick by four people representing the City of Saskatoon, First Nations Community, and Elders. Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill will then join the cyclists as they wrap up June 9th and 10th in St. John's.

PPAD is an initiative that began in 2005 with a journey from Vancouver to Saskatoon. Officers, along with a number of partner agencies such as the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Saskatoon Tribal Council, hoped to raise awareness about the growing issue of diabetes, especially among Aboriginal People.

For more information please contact Cst. Tony Nadon at 220-6033, or Det. Cst. Keith Salzl at 380-6761. Both will be cycling on the journey.