On Saturday, October 2, 77 PWS&D supporters geared up across Canada to participate in Ride for Refuge in support of PWS&D’s food security programs.

The Ride for Refuge is a nationwide cycling and walking fundraiser that helps charities raise money for the displaced, vulnerable and persecuted. Like last year, due to COVID-19, teams participated virtually or in small groups.

Your generous support meant this year we surpassed our $20,000 fundraising goal. Eleven teams cycled and walked to raise over $32,000, making this year our most successful year ever!

Here’s what participants are saying about Ride for Refuge!

Team Gale Rider pauses for a picture before completing their 25km ride.

Perfect Weather for Raising Funds for Food Security Programs

“Praise God for the amount of money raised for Presbyterian World Service & Development through Ride for Refuge. I was team captain of Gale Riders and the team did a great job of raising funds plus thoroughly enjoyed the 25km ride we did. The weather here in our part of Ontario was beautiful.” – Darlene Vandermey, Team Captain of Gale Rider, Elmira, Ontario.

Team Lighting Bolt ready for the Ride for Refuge.

Your Continual Support and Participation is Appreciated

“I loved participating in the Ride for Refuge my second year. Such a great cause—PWS&D—and it’s wonderful to work together with our church’s team and our generous donors to support food security!” – Mary Corry, Team St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Kitchener, Ontario.

“We are so happy to continue to raise much-needed funds for PWS&D. We’re thrilled to be a part of something bigger, giving us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in most need.” – Victoria Banfield, Team Lightning Bolt, Markham, Ontario.

New Challenges for Next Year

“Four of us rode 60km (Victoria to Sidney and back) and one person rode 30km. We had a cool but beautiful fall day riding the local trails. Our team was mostly composed of folks from Knox, Victoria, but one member joined us from St. Andrew’s, Victoria. We received support from both congregations. As always, it was pretty easy to ask people to donate because food security is an issue everyone can get behind, and PWS&D has such a stellar reputation. We were all proud to participate and are looking forward to setting a new challenge for the Ride next year!” – Laura Kavanagh, Team PWS&D Victoria, British Columbia.

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