BASIC cyclists raising funds to abolish human trafficking

June 27, 2016

Four Alberta men representing Defend Dignity are cycling across Canada in a marathon endeavour they have called Biking Against Slavery in Canada (BASIC). BASIC’s mission is to raise awareness about human trafficking in Canada and $25,000 to help Defend Dignity’s prevention/abolition work. The team—Luke Wahl, rider/team coordinator; riders Dominic Mayhew and Ryan McAuley; and Matthew Wright, support vehicle driver/photographer—departed Vancouver on June 6, 2016, and plan to complete its journey in St John’s N.L., on Aug. 14. Their next stop is Winnipeg, on June 29 and 30, when Mayhew and Wahl, both alumni of Canadian Mennonite University’s “Outtatown” discipleship school, will be heading up a cluster of speaking engagements, in an effort to let Canadians know how they can help end human trafficking in this country. For more information, or to offer billeting for the riders in communities east of Winnipeg, visit or write to  —By Beth Downey Sawatzky


The Defend Dignity team, from left to right: Matthew Wright, support vehicle driver/photographer; Luke Wahl, rider/team coordinator; and riders Dominic Mayhew and Ryan McAuley. (Photo by Matthew Wright)

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