June 9, 2010
A group of Anglicans from General Synod (bishops, clergy, and lay people) gathered with Suzanne Rumsey this morning to launch Le Tour de PWRDF from St. Mary’s University in Halifax this morning. Carolyn Vanderlip, PWRDF’s 50th anniversary coordinator, said “it’s a beautiful sunny day here (finally) and [Suzanne] had a great send off by a good number of folks here at General Synod. ”
Sooriyakumary Sinnathamby, a staff member of the Organization for Eelam Refugees Resettlement (OfERR), a PWRDF partner agency working with Tamil refugees in India, prayed over Suzanne and sent her off to “inspire hope”. Suzanne rode away from Halifax and arrived in Truro, NS (95 kilometers away) this afternoon.
Le Tour de PWRDF will take Suzanne and her bicycle Olive (named for her grandmother) over 1300km to Ste. Anne de Bellevue in Montreal, the site of General Synod in 1959 where the Primate’s World Relief Fund was created. Along the way she will speak in parishes and attend events to raise awareness and funds for PWRDF.
One such event will be held in Moncton this Friday at St. Andrew’s Sunny Brae. Suzanne will attend a barbeque at 6pm which will include bicycle safety quizzes, a scavenger hunt, PWRDF game, prizes, and free give-aways. The evening will
conclude with a service of compline.
The webpage for Le Tour has tips on many different ways you can get involved in supporting Le Tour de PWRDF. You can also follow Suzanne on the PWRDF blog, where she is acting as a guest blogger, and also on Twitter where she will use the hashtag #letour.
You can also donate to support Le Tour online or through your regular method of supporting PWRDF (make sure you mark the donations for Le Tour de PWRDF if you want them recognized for this program.)