On Saturday, October 3, 69 PWS&D supporters geared up in Regina, Victoria, Waterloo, London, Edmonton and Toronto to participate in Ride for Refuge in support of PWS&D’s food security programs.

The Ride for Refuge is a nation-wide cycling and walking fundraiser that helps charities raise money for the displaced, vulnerable and persecuted. The Ride looked a little different this year as large groups were unable to gather due to COVID-19, but that didn’t stop anyone.

This year marked PWS&D’s fifth and most successful year participating in Ride for Refuge. Nine teams cycled, walked and enjoyed other activities to raise over $28,000, almost tripling our initial fundraising goal!

Read what the buzz was all about!

“It was a joy to participate. We are glad the PWS&D did so well and that we were a part of it.  A couple of our team members have been to Malawi and were familiar with the food security programs there.” – Inge Stahl, Team London Presbytery.

Nothing could stop us!

“Our Ride for Refuge on Saturday was pretty fantastic! It was so foggy at the start that my arms were covered with dew before we had gone 2km, but eventually, it burned away and became the most perfect fall day. There were only two on our team, so we didn’t have to manage a crowd, and we left early, so the trail was pretty deserted. It was just a lovely ride with a friend.” – Laura Kavanagh, Team PWS&D Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Team PWS&D Victoria gearing up to go on their bike ride.

 “Saturday, October 4 was a bit chilly and cold as seven Gale Riders from our church met to cycle for Ride for PWS&D. God blessed us with no wind, some sun and beautiful scenery. With COVID protocols in place, we formed two groups going in two different directions.  I am so pleased to tell you that all 7 of us completed the 25km ride we committed to doing!” – Darlene and Kees Vandermey, Gale Presbyterian Church, Elmira, ON.

A great way to bring people together.

“Throughout the walk day here in Regina, we live streamed PWS&D Mission Moments from the gymnasium. Each one had a speaker sharing about an aspect of the ministry. It was a fun way to share with folks who had sponsored us and with others across the country who might become future supporters of PWS&D.” -The moderator, Rev. Amanda Currie, Team Walk with the Moderator, Regina, SK.

Team Walk with the Moderator takes a quick break from their walk to snap a photo.

“The Nurture Committee of the Presbytery of Edmonton Lakeland tried to plan some events for 2020 which would promote fellowship between congregations. Ride for Refuge was one of three events planned.  Due to restrictions surrounding Covid-19, the other two had to be cancelled but Ride for Refuge was a safe event that could happen. It was a delight to see the interest which arose from five churches in Edmonton and Knox, Lloydminster. A little bit of friendly competition encouraged efforts at fundraising, with the result that we were able to surpass our goal.” – William Ball, Team Presbytery of Edmonton Lakeland, AB.

Team Presbytery of Edmonton Lakeland ready for Ride for Refuge.

Thank you to everyone who participated and donated. We will see you next year!