Langley man to cycle around the world for clean water

Lifeguard hopes to raise $1 for each of the 30,000 kilometres he will journey during the next year

Langley resident Jason Manning plans to cycle around the world to raise money for clean water. The lifeguard and swimming instructor left for Japan on Tuesday.

Langley resident Jason Manning plans to cycle around the world to raise money for clean water. The lifeguard and swimming instructor left for Japan on Tuesday.

A 23-year-old Langley man wants to raise $30,000 for clean water by cycling around the world.

Jason Manning, a lifeguard and swimming instructor with the Township of Langley, left for Japan on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

He expects to spend about a year cycling 30,000 kilometres through Asia, Europe and Canada to raise money for the nonprofit Water For People, an international group that campaigns for clean water in poor countries.

“I’m doing this because I’ve always loved traveling and cycling, and I want to raise money and awareness for a cause that’s close to my heart,” Manning said in a letter to Langley Township council.

“My goal is to raise one dollar for every kilometre I pedal.”

Water For People estimates 783 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities.