Cyclists set to Ride for Refuge

Oct. 3 event to benefit local charities will start and finish at Saanich Community Church

Last year, more than 300 cyclists in Victoria raised over $100,000 for local charities at the Ride for Refuge.

Cyclists will be looking to match that goal when the ride returns on Oct. 3. The family-friendly bike ride (or five-kilometre walk) is a great opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to get involved and do something great to support a cause that moves them.

This year 17 local charities, including The Cridge Centre for the Family, the Mustard Seed, Mercy Ships and the Inter-Cultural Association, have gathered teams  to participate – knowing that the funds raised make a big impact in their programs.

“Lives are changed every day at The Cridge Centre,” said Joanne Specht, manager of communication and fund development. “And the funds that are raised for any charity through the Ride for Refuge are bringing huge changes and improvements in the lives of individuals and families all over Victoria and the world.

“When you support a charity that serves the vulnerable, the displaced or the exploited, you know that you are changing lives for the better.”

Riders and walkers are needed, but so are volunteers and donors – anyone and everyone can get involved. It is easy to sign up – simply visit www.rideforrefuge.org/location/victoria and choose the option that works best for you. Ride options include a 10-km, 25-km and 50-km bike ride or a 5-km walk. Maps of the routes can be found on the website.

The start and finish location is Saanich Community Church (4566 W. Saanich Rd.) – registration opens at 8 a.m. Lunch is available when riders/walkers complete their route. Pre-registration online is preferred.