Tyler D'Arcy and his cycling team are heading to Rwanda for a professional race, but are also taking clothes to donate while they are there.. By Ben Cousins

Tyler D'Arcy and his cycling team are heading to Rwanda for a professional race, but are also taking clothes to donate while they are there.
Tyler D’Arcy of Truro and the LowestRates Cycling Team are heading to Rwanda on a mission — both on and off their bikes.
The team is collecting cycling gear and clothing they’ll donate to the Rwanda National Cycling Center when they go there to compete in the Tour of Rwanda from Nov. 13-20.
“We realized that we can do a lot more than just go race,” said D’Arcy. “We could be part of the change that’s happening in Rwanda.”
The Tour of Rwanda is an eight-stage professional cycling race which takes place every November. It is said 4-5 million people line the course to watch the race. “The roads are lined, sometimes 10 deep,” said D’Arcy.
While D’Arcy is unlikely to be competing in the race and might not even make the trip to Africa, he wants to help in any way he can.
As part of the fundraising efforts, he’s hosting a screening in Truro of Rising from Ashes, a 2012 documentary on the Rwandan National Cycling team who as children survived the genocide in their country.
During a 100-day period in 1994, the genocide of the Tutsi people resulted in the deaths of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, roughly 20 per cent of the country’s population.
The film, narrated by Forest Whittaker, has won awards at more than a dozen festivals worldwide.
“It’s an amazing documentary,” said D’Arcy. “The athletes have gone through some incredibly horrible things . . . It’s inspiring to see the hope they’re given with the opportunity to race bikes.
“It’s looking like cycling is really growing and giving the Rwandan people hope.”
D’Arcy said before he heard about the race, the only thing he knew about the country was the 1994 genocide. He hopes the team can return from the trip with positive stories and photos to help erase some misconceptions people have of the country.
“Shifting the perception of the country could help them continue their growth.”
The LowestRates Cycling Team will showcase the movie at Riverrun Golf Club in Truro on Oct. 27. Proceeds from the Truro screening will go toward the cost of shipping all the cycling equipment to Rwanda.