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Prairie thousand warrior cycles through Border City heading to Manitoba

Rob Nederlof has turned his tour of duty into a cycle across the prairies in support of people facing PTSD challenges. His journey from Edmonton to Manitoba is from August 11th to 19th.

Rob, who is a sergeant in the Canadian Forces stationed at Shilo, Manitoba is accompanied on his trip by Marina Nederlof who is driving along with their gear and supplies.

MyLloydminsterNow caught up with the couple as they stopped for supplies in Lloydminster.

The 1000-plus kilometre effort under the banner the Prairie Thousand is raising funds for the Wounded Warriors Canada PTSD Support Dog program. The target is $7,000 which will go towards a support dog for a deserving person.

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Rob enjoys cycling and believes in mental health support for first responders, veterans, service members and their families. He points to the added challenge of staff shortages affecting first responders.

“It’s huge. Especially with the shortages going on with the medical system right now. the first responders are under a lot more stress and the more stress they build they won’t be able to do their job properly.”

His tours of duty to places like Bosnia and Afghanistan have left him with key reflections of being on the frontline as he puts the spotlight on the pressures that first responders face.

In that spirit he is a keen supporter of the work of Wounded Warriors Canada and the programs they provide for a wide variety of people and their families.

“The one that I’m cycling for specifically is for PTSD support dogs. They basically train dogs to help people that have PTSD for military, first responders; nurses. It’s an excellent program and dogs are wonderful animals.”

Anyone wishing to support the Prairie Thousand can follow on their Facebook or visit their webpage.

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