A few weeks back while on my way to Vancouver, heading down hill from Manning Park, I blogged about seeing a unicyclist heading up. It seemed like an impossible task but, there he was with a backpack on his back, pedaling up that hill. It was an amazing sight.
I wanted to stop and get a photo but traffic was tight behind me and there was really no place to turn around so a few km down the road I gave up the idea and continued west. (Just for the record I swiped the photo to the left from Philip's website)
I thought he was just another eccentric, half mad westcoaster, but it seems I was wrong. Philip Schleihauf is from Ottawa and is riding his unicycle 5000 km across Canada from town to town camping, couch surfing and resting in hostels while he spreads awareness and raises money for Invisible Children.
Invisible Children is an organization dedicated to helping end the longest running war in Africa. Their main focus is freeing the child soldiers who make up 90% of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). These kids are abducted by the army at a young age and are forced to observe, endure, and commit acts of unimaginable violence. Philip is accepting donations to help with the overhead costs of the trip. All proceeds will go to the Invisible Children organization.
He has a website which he is updating as he goes. This is one tough kid and a great cause. I will make a donation and hope you will too.
Amazingly, there seem to be two people unicycling across Canada right now. The other guy, Dave Cox seems to be doing the trek to promote unicycles.