Congratulations to everyone participating in this year’s Ride for Refuge, breaking previous years’ records, demonstrating a profound welcome for refugee claimants.
On the bright, sunny 3 October Saturday, 134 riders on 14 Kinbrace teams gathered midst 600 riders from other charities in Richmond, BC, rallying under the big green balloon, greeting each other, reaching for their complementary chocolates, and tying the telltale Kinbrace balloons to their helmets or bikes, getting ready for rides ranging from 10-50 kms.
We stepped into a record-breaking day, raising $37,938 to welcome refugee claimants, and ranking 5th out of 234 charities across Canada and the USA for the amount of money raised. It was unexpected and amazing! Compare our stats in 2014: 84 riders, 9 teams, $19,600.
A BIG thank you to our 14 team captains, each rider, and the over 500 donors who gave ismedicine.org so generously.
We have a dream for next year’s Ride: to raise $75,000, doubling our number of teams, riders, and gifts given. The equation is simply this: each of us who participated invite a friend to join.
Together, we are opening the door of welcome with dignity for people seeking refugee protection.
Click here to see more details on this year’s ride.