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 – https://www.instagram.com/rideforrefuge/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rideforrefuge
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rideforrefuge
Start/Finish line at Ride for Refugee event
Walking 5 km
Bikers parking after long ride