On Saturday, October 5, more than 50 PWS&D supporters on seven teams from Victoria, Edmonton, London, Waterloo and Toronto, participated in the Ride for Refuge. This Canada-wide cycling and walking fundraiser helps charities provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people.
Matched 4:1 through additional support from the Government of Canada, the $15,000 raised through this year’s Ride will go toward PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health program. This program, which takes places in Malawi and Afghanistan, helps women and children survive childbirth, lead healthier and stronger lives and improve their health, well-being and quality of life.
Since PWS&D began participating in the event four years ago, the Ride for Refuge has raised over $50,000 to help make healthy deliveries a reality.
Here’s what people are saying about the Ride for Refuge!
Raising Money for Moms and Babies
“How fantastic that so much money was raised for PWS&D.” – Victoria Banfield, Team Lightning Bolt, Markham, Ont.
Accepting New Challenges
“We had a good ride—think we’ll sign up for 50k next year!” – Laura Kavanaugh, Team PWS&D Victoria, B.C.
“There’s a good amount of enthusiasm in the group for participating next year as well, with the possible addition of a walk and/or shorter distance ride to encourage more participants.” – Kent Buchanan, London 4 Malawi, Ont.
“We had 9 members and raised $2,500. Not bad for a first year. Our goal for 2020 is set: 20 participants and $5,000.” – William Ball, Team PWS&D Mill Woods Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, Alta.
“As we walked, we talked and learned more about each other. We weren’t just raising money for a cause, but also engaged in congregational relationship building. It helped Mill Woods Presbyterian Church connect with others and allowed them to hear about PWS&D. We reconnected with a number of children who had attended our Kids Kamp in August but were not part of our congregation. We also connected with a ministry in Edmonton which welcomes and assist refugees.” – William Ball, Team PWS&D Mill Woods Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, Alta.
“We answered the question of how many Presbyterians it takes to adjust a bike seat—at least 5!” – Kent Buchanan, Team London 4 Malawi, Ont.
*PWS&D’s maternal and child health program receives generous funding from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.