UWC 50th Anniversary Begins


A beautiful day for the UWC 50th Anniversary celebration and for the final ten kilometers of the journey across Canada and the length of Great Britain. I turn a corner a couple of kilometers from Atlantic College and see a row of bicycles along the side o the road.


About a dozen students, two teachers and former Pearson long serving teacher, Marks McAvity, are there to ride with me to the College.


I make it to the outer gate.


And then all the Canadian students come out to greet me.


I pedal through the archway to St Donat’s Castle and am met with a lot of cheers and get to chat with Her Majesty, Queen Noor, the President of UWC.



And as I dipped my back tire in the Pacific ocean when I left Pearson College, I make my way to the shoreline and dip my front tire into the Atlantic.


And one more lift of the Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen bicycle, which has served me so well for nearly 10,000 km.


And a big thanks to all who supported me and cheered me on.


Stats – for Wednesday 19 September 2012

Start: Cowbridge
Finish: St. Donat’s
Distance: 12 km
Time on Bike: 45 minutes
Distance for the entire Trip: 9,360 km

33 thoughts on “UWC 50th Anniversary Begins

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  2. What an amazing journey. So sorry to hear about your dad. Your goodbye to him was very inspirational.
    Your photos were so unique and very interesting…….not the usual travelogue! Such a treasure for you to look back on.
    Congratulations to the UWC on 50 years and still going strong!

    • Thank you so much for reading along. On my last day I met with Stephen Doughty. I think he will soon get elected as an MP representing Cardiff. How exciting. See you soon. David

      DAVID HAWLEY, College Director Pearson College UWC of the Pacific P 250 391-2438 M 250 744-7315 http://www.pearsoncollege.ca

    • Hi Kevin – looking forward to being back tomorrow! Let’s meet this week so that I can put the finishing touches on your letter of support. David

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  3. Bravo David. I have enjoyed being on the end of your blogs tremendously and I’ll miss your daily updates. What plans next? I can only imagine and wait in anticipation.
    Congrats. I’ll raise a glass to the anniversary and to you personally.

    • Hi Rachel – thanks so much for all your encouragement along the way. Back to the College tomorrow. Best to you and to the friends we share at AIS and Atlanta. Come and visit sometime. David

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  4. Congratulations Dave,
    I’ve been following your adventure since you left Vancouver; what an impressive ride! Your determination and your perseverance have been an inspiration to me, a fellow cyclist, traveller and UWC AC alumni. Wishing you well,
    Happy celebrations!

    • Hi Nicole (and Aileen and Thea – yikes, I think I am not spelling that right), thanks for reading along and for your congrats. Looking forward to being back tomorrow! David

      DAVID HAWLEY, College Director Pearson College UWC of the Pacific 650 Pearson College Drive, Victoria, BC V9C 4H7 Canada P 250 391-2438 C 250 744-7315 http://www.pearsoncollege.ca

  5. So happy to see that you have arrived safely and very special to be greeted by so many happy and some familiar faces. A great conclusion to an amazing journey!
    I am sure you have plans for all the fantastic photos we have all enjoyed so much.
    Many congratulations to you and Atlantic College!

  6. David you are truly an inspiration !! Well done. What an awesome achievement for you but also in celebration of 50 years of the UWC movement. May your journey spur on others to do the same and may the ideals of the UWC continue to be strengthened.

    • Dear Suzanne – so ready to back at the College tomorrow. Thanks for all your support. Cannot wait to meet the two students you selected. Best, David

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