Fred Enns knows what it's like to start a new life in a new country. 

Enns is one of nine children born to immigrant parents who farmed in southern Manitoba. He attended small, rural schools before finishing high school in Winnipeg. He went on to be a teacher, working with every grade level through his 35-year career.

One of his passions is cycling, and now he is putting that hobby to good use, cycling 3,000 kilometres across southern Manitoba to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Ukrainian newcomers. 

Fred EnnsFred Enns cycles 3,000 kilometres across Manitoba in support of Ukrainian newcomers. (Submitted)

"Bicycle touring has taken me across thousands of miles in Canada, the US and around the world. I consider myself fortunate and am thankful to the many people who have enriched my life. I am happy to make this ride in support of Ukrainian newcomers who have left their homes because of the war in Ukraine and who have decided to seek refuge in Manitoba," said Enns.

The ride has been entirely self-supported, with all the funds going directly to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Manitoba Provincial Council.

Fred's ride kicked off on July 18 in St. Adolphe and will end on August 16 at the Ukraine Kyiv Pavillion at Folklorama (330 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, Maples Collegiate) at approximately 6:00 PM.