Joanne is a paediatrician and passionate about the well-being of children and youth. She travelled to the Gambia in 2012 and saw first hand how the Nova Scotia Gambia Association is empowering young people to help their peers, speak articulately, and live healthier lives. She is excited about the challenge of bicycling the Gambia (in 30+ C degree heat). Joanne works at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre http://bit.ly/2kRAQSM. A long term Haligonian, she loves bicycling and would like there to be bike lanes everywhere in Halifax. She is a mother of three beautiful young people and married to John.
I’m a paediatrician at the IWK Health Centre and I have been on the Board of the NSGA since 2013. I wanted to contribute some way to fundraising for this remarkable group of Gambians but realized that the previous Love4Gambia challenges (running the length of the Gambia for 30 days!) was not for me. Biking seemed within reach though, and biking across the Gambia was born! I’m a little scared of biking 500 km or so in 35-40 degree temperatures but what the heck, I get to escape the Halifax February weather!
Luke MacDonald is the husband of Andrea, father of Bria & son of Rickey & Peggy. He works as a partner at Aerobics First with his specific role being community contectedness. Luke is a founder of The Youth Running Series (1996-present), Builder of Halifax’s Start2Finish/Running & Reading Programs (2007-present) as well as the driving force behind the global Sparks Fly Initiative (2011-present). Currently Luke is working on water projects in both The Gambia & Kenya. This is his first trip to Africa!
The Love4Gambia On Wheels team will also be accompanied by a support team from the NSGA Gambia office – many thanks in advance for all of the prep work they have been providing! You’ll get a chance to know them as well during our daily updates on the road.