Back on the road after bike stolen

WINNIPEG – Anas Cheema is back on his bike and continuing his trek across Canada, days after his bicycle and all his possessions were stolen.

He says something so negative has turned into the most positive experience of his life.

“Winnipeg will always have a special place in my heart,” said Cheema, as he prepared to leave the city Monday.

With his new bike, camping gear, and a newfound admiration for Winnipeg, the 22-year-old international student from Pakistan left the city, five days after his bike was stolen from a McDonald’s restaurant on Leila Avenue.

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He’s biking to raise money and awareness for orphans around the world.

“When I first picked up Anas from McDonald’s he was so upset,” said Allison Doerksen, who’s given Cheema a place to stay while he was stranded in Winnipeg. “I thought this might be the best thing that happens to you on your trip — you never know.”

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Once news broke, complete strangers donated money and a bicycle manufacturer donated a new bike and new gear.

“I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and graditude to the people of Winnipeg,” said Cheema.

Cheema’s troubles in Winnipeg delayed his trip by five days, so in order for him to make it to Newfoundland by the end of August he has to find a way to make up 700 kilometres.

He said this experience will help him.

“I feel the energy in me that I can pedal harder because of all the experiences I’ve had here, all the help.”

Cheema admits he entered Winnipeg not knowing what to expect but now says it feels like home.

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