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.

Team Lighting Bolt ready for the Ride for Refuge.

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.

Team PWSD Victoria excited to challenge themselves at the Ride for Refuge Photo. Next year this team hopes to complete the 50 km ride.

Building Relationships

“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.

For London 4 Malawi, adjusting a bike seat was the ultimate team building exercise!

*PWS&D’s maternal and child health program receives generous funding from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.