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Riders and walkers for refuge meet fundraising goal

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of Canada, leads the Toronto team on its ride.

November 2, 2017

By Cheryl Denomy

On Saturday, September 30, 52 friends of PWRDF strapped on their bicycle helmets (or their walking shoes) in locations from coast to coast to coast and participated in the 2017 Ride for Refuge.

Their goal? To raise $30,000 to support PWRDF’s partner CCM Pemba to provide microfinance loans to women entrepreneurs in Mozambique.

Their incentive? A $30,000 matching grant from a generous friend of PWRDF.

From Vancouver to Newfoundland and north to the Yukon – and led, in Toronto, by Archbishop Fred Hiltz himself – they rode, walked and in the end raised an incredible $30,285.09.

A special thank you to Newfoundland’s Reverend David Burrows and Archdeacon Charlene Taylor, whose last-minute efforts put us solidly over the top.

Thanks as well to the nine team captains – Reverend Bill Mous, Reverend Greg Smith, Archdeacon Charlene Taylor, Henry Troup, Suzanne Rumsey, Will Postma, Allie Colp, Peter Goodwin and Valerie Maier – who led and inspired their teams to this result.

Click here to see photos of PWRDF’s teams in action at Ride for Refuge 2017.

From all of us at PWRDF, thanks to those who participated and the more than 500 individuals who donated – see you in 2018!