James Potvin, a 9 year old boy with autism raised a lot of awareness and over $5,000 for autism by cycling 500 kms from Whitby to Ottawa this week.
He thought it would be fun to bike to Ottawa to raise awareness about the disorder and in honour of Canada 150, he wanted to donate $10 for every year of Confederation to Grandview Kids Centre in Oshawa.
His bike ride, which has received a lot of attention online, started in Whitby last week. It followed the Waterfront Trail, Catarqui Trail, and Trans-Canada Trail all the way to Mooney’s Bay playground in Ottawa.
Potvin and his dad finished their ride on Friday and managed to raise $5,505.
Grandview is a treatment facility that offers specialized services for children on the autism spectrum.
According to Potvin’s parents, it is underfunded and has more than 3,000 children on the wait list to receive services.Potvin has been on the list for two years.