October 07, 2013

Cycling in the Name of Hope

Ride for Refuge is an annual bike-a-thon that supports more than 175 charities serving homeless and vulnerable people across Canada and the U.S.

This year’s event in Ottawa took place on Saturday, October 5 and, for the first time, The Ottawa Mission was one of the partner charities.  Overall, close to 300 cyclists participated, and 72 of those made up ten teams that raised funds specifically for The Mission.

Cyclists had the option of choosing a 10k, 25k or 50k route – so there was something for everyone – and lots of entire families participated.

At the end of the day, we are thrilled to report that the 72 people riding for The Ottawa Mission surpassed their combined goal of $7,500 and raised over $10,000 in our first year of participating.  Bravo!

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the event sponsors, to everyone who participated, and to all those who supported the riders.  Your generosity will help us feed, shelter and provide hope to hundreds of people in need this Thanksgiving season.