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Lake Cowichan woman donates 7,000 cans while training for cross-Canada cycle

LAKE COWICHAN — Moira is sitting on the porch, taking a few moments to pet Marie. “I’ve always loved cats,” Moira smiles. “They are a…

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LAKE COWICHAN — Moira is sitting on the porch, taking a few moments to pet Marie.

“I’ve always loved cats,” Moira smiles. “They are a lot of fun.”

Her earliest childhood memory is being with her first cat, George. Now her canine clan includes Bart the Fart, Agatha, Bogie, Poppy, Willie and Dr. Henry.

“I don’t know the real Dr. Henry,” Moira laughs, when asked why she named her latest pet after B.C’s provincial health officer. “But she seems very nice and so is this cat.”

When Moira wasn’t rescuing a cat during the pandemic, she was considering cycling again.

“People used to think I was a professional athlete in my 20s,” Moira says. “Then I let it all go.”

In 1988, Moira began riding across the country. She made it from Nova Scotia to Manitoba before struggling in the prairie winds.“I cycled all day and maybe went 10 miles,” she recalls. “So I cycled back to Portage La Prairie and took a train.”Moira couldn’t have felt more disappointed.“It was always going to be, ‘Oh, I’ll do it next year,’” Moira explains. “And of course that ‘next year’ never came and things happened and you gain 50 pounds and get out of shape.”While the pandemic could have provided another excuse do nothing else, the educational assistant decided to use her time away from work to do something more.“So I started cycling and every few yards I see (aluminum) cans on the ground,” Moira recalls. “And I think, every can I pass is 10 cents.”So Moira […]

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