Select Page

Ride For Refuge 2017 Helps Raise Nearly $2,000,000!

Ride For Refuge 2017 Helps Raise Nearly $2,000,000!

On a sunny day of September 30th, 761 people showed up to ride or walk and raise money for refugees. A number of charities were participating such as Ratanak International, Respect4Women, The Refuge, and many more. The Canadian wide fundraising goal of $2,000,000 is 98% done! The top raising money team is Journey Home Community – they have raised $81,413.00. those money will be used to provide housing, resettlement assistance and relational support for refugee families seeking asylum in Vancouver.

The event is held in September because its organizers believe, “It gives participants a very small taste of what it’s like to be seeking refuge. It’s designed to be challenging – both in distance traveled and weather endured.”

The routes included:

  • 5 km walk
  • 10 km walk
  • 10 km ride
  • 25 km ride
  • 50 km ride

I did the 5 km walk: 2,5 km one way, stopped at the snack station with orange juice and chocolate chip cookie granola bars and walked 2,5 km back. Besides me there were 600 people walking either 5 or 10 km. RCMP officer was cheering up as we were crossing the road, cars were beeping, crowd was whistling – this walk definitely wasn’t boring!

At the end of our trip there was a health lunch waiting: rice or noodles, fresh baby spinach and sweet-n-sour chicken.

The RIDE supports charities and churches who serve:

  •  Refugees and Internally Displaced Peoples (claimants or sponsored)
  •  Migrant Families (economically displaced and migrant workers)
  •  Indigenous and First Nations People

Check The RIDE Social Media accounts here:

Instagram –

Twitter –

Facebook –

YouTube –

Start/Finish line at Ride for Refugee event
Walking 5 km
Bikers parking after long ride
Healthy lunch

About The Author

Alie Slabenko

Alie Slabenko is a local writer and poet passionate about human rights. She recently completed the New Media Journalism Program at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters in Tax Crimes from Russia and PDD in Marketing from Douglas College in Vancouver. Alie has volunteered for the YVR airport magazine as a creative contributor and written several travel and lifestyle articles for an online Russian magazine. She is a traveler by heart and has visited Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, China, and the USA. In her free time Alie likes to paint, take photographs, write poems, and manage her social justice oriented website. Alie is a human rights advocate who seeks to serve people through her journalistic skills focusing on racism, transgender rights, women rights, and human trafficking.


Recent Posts

Mom’s The Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty Now Playing At Surrey Civic Theatres

Published 10/17/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

moms the word, empty nesters, empty nest, motherhood, taslim jaffer, surrey 604

From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes the next chapter in their stories of family life and strife. Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty is about adult children, marital breakdowns and dysfunctional bodies. Life doesn’t get any prettier for these moms who unabashedly share every embarrassing detail from their lives. Filled with a-ha moments, secrets, and… read more ❯

Shivan and Narresh Presents Araki Series at AIFW SS’ 18 in association with Nexa

Published 10/15/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey604 and Raasleela by Parvesh Jai are taking you to Amazon India Fashion Week SS18! Stay tuned for stories, photos, videos and more!

The elaborate work of genius Japanese contemporary photographer, Nobuyoshi… read more ❯

Surrey Events Calendar: October 16th to October 22nd

Published 10/15/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey Events Calendar:
October 16th to October 22nd

Halloween Activities
1. Halloween Family Dance
There will be music, crafts for the kids, and prizes for the best costumes. Dress up and gather your friends and family for some festive fun. Register in advance to book your spot!

Don Christian Recreation Centre
Friday October 20 at 6pm to 9pm
Cost: $3.50 per person;… read more ❯

WATCH ‘Welcome to Surrey’ — a show about real people

Published 10/14/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

You can now watch all episodes of ‘Welcome to Surrey’ Season One (above) online.

‘Welcome to Surrey’ is a TV show launched this summer on Storyhive with the premiere held in August at Surrey City Hall. Two friends – Kashif Pasta… read more ❯

Recent Videos


Recent Tweets