When’s the last time you’ve taken action for a cause? This fall, take a walk or a bike ride with a new purpose in mind. Victoria’s Ride for Refuge happening late September is held by the Cridge Centre for the Family.


Ride for Refuge: Hosted by the Cridge Centre for the Family

Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly bike (or walk) event that is happening on September 30th, 2017. Walk 5k around Elk/Beaver Lake Provincial Park, or ride 10k, 25k or 50k on your bike through greater Victoria’s scenic mountains, forests and coastline.

The Ride for Refuge race began in 2004 with 25 cyclists and since, the event has expanded across Canada and the US. The event supports charities across Canada who serve displaced, vulnerable and exploited individuals. Organized and hosted by The Cridge Centre for the Family here in Victoria, the event benefits local charities.

Over the past 3 years in Victoria, the event has raised around $100,000 each year. This year the fundraising goal is $100,000, while the Cridge has pledged to raise $40,000 towards this goal. This year there will be plenty of family-friendly activities including a photobooth.

With 17 charity partners on board the fundraising goal is an accumulation of all fundraising efforts. Currently, the following organizations are on board to support the Victoria Ride for Refuge: Mercy Ships, Burnside Gorge Community Assoc, Sanctuary Youth, Presbyterian World Service and Development and of course, The Cridge Centre for the Family.

A week before the main Ride for Refuge event, the Cridge Centre for the Family will also host a Seniors Walk. This event will provide seniors the opportunity to participate in the walk–last year they organized a small relay walk which raised $3,000–as well as encouraging them and their efforts.


The Cridge Centre for the Family

Since 1873, the Cridge Centre for the Family had been supporting vulnerable individuals and families in economic or relationship crises in Victoria. Providing child care to children of all walks of life, supportive housing to families, service for women and children, and assisted living for families are just a few of the services that they bring to the community.

Take a look here for other upcoming events in Victoria this fall.

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