The Bikes of Autumn
The Ride for Refuge is a a fantastically fun, family-friendly bike-a-thon supporting charities serving the displaced, vulnerable, and exploited.
View Ride for Refuge website here.
Started in 2004 as a small local fundraiser with 25 cyclists raising money for refugees, the RIDE has grown to a multi-site event in cities across the US and Canada. Each year, thousands of riders fundraise in support of charities they support who in turn support refugees, orphans, homeless, victims of human trafficking and others.
Our History in 5 Minutes
We considered writing out our 10 year history, but then we thought better of it. We'd really like to remain on good terms with you.
Still, if you want to understand how the RIDE got to be so awesome, watch this video that is fun, creative and 100% made in Canada. Our entire history for you in five minutes.
The RIDE Partner Grant Program
The RIDE Partner Grant program allows registered churches and charities to raise money in the Ride for Refuge for approved programs that support the displaced, vulnerable or exploited.
Approved charities cultivate teams and riders who ride and raise funds on their behalf at any of our RIDE locations. Team captains choose one approved charity to raise funds for. After the event, all of the money raised by every team is totalled up and distributed to each partner charity at an average payout of 72%
In 2012, one hundred and fifty organizations received grants.
In 2013, one hundred and seventy-six organizations received grants.
In 2014, two hundred and four organizations received grants.
In 2015, two hundred and twenty-four organizations received grants.
Who We Support
The Ride for Refuge helps churches and charities fund and promote their work with people who are displaced, vulnerable, and exploited.
Refugees and Internally Displaced Peoples (claimants and sponsored)
Migrant Families (economically displaced and migrant workers)
Indigenous and First Nations People
Widows (men & women)
Orphans (single-parent, abandoned and street kids)
Homeless (urban or rural poor)
Abused (elderly, spousal, kids)
Human trafficking survivors and victims (child & adult)
Sex-trade survivors and victims (child & adult)
Forced labour survivors and victims (child, bonded, forced marriage, child soldiers)
Approved Programs Include:
Relief & Aid: Direct aid for catastrophe, war and oppression
Development & Reconstruction: Direct or third-party NGO support for development and reconstruction initiatives including micro-finance and sustainable funding
Food & Water: Programs supporting nutrition, food banks, missions and accessible water
Shelter & Housing: Any shelter whether temporary, permanent, or expansion
Medical & Dental: Treatment, follow-up care including HIV, pediatrics, pain management and all necessary supplies
Education & Tuition: Job skills, trades, ESL, career, tuition support and Biblical curriculum and training
Settlement & Acclimation: New arrival support, training and financial aid
Counsel & Legal: Spiritual counselling, development, discipleship, care for post-traumatic stress syndrome, and immigration and refugee claim legal counsel
Our Remarkable Partners
The RIDE enjoys the partnership of many different churches and charities. On RIDE Day, locations host cyclists riding or walking in support of a diverse mix of cause and community. From large national organizations to small, volunteer-led start-up charities. The common characteristic of them all is unflinching care and duty to those they serve.
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