Raised:
$35,041
140%Goal:
$25,000

Homes for Heroes

Hosting an in-person event in Kingston, ON

37Participants7Teams20°C

What moves you? Join us on October 2, 2021 for the Ride for Refuge, a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that supports charities who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people everywhere.

Homes For Heroes

Community Sponsors

Homes for Heroes is super grateful for our fantastic 2021 sponsors! View all sponsors >

2021 RIDE Photos

Send in your RIDE 2021 photos! Check out the Volunteer Photographer Guide >.

Homes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for HeroesHomes for Heroes

Event Day Details

Save the date - RIDE Day is October 2, 2021!

The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraising event. Team Captains select their charity of choice when they start their team.

StartGoogle Map

Collins Bay Legion

4034 Bath Road


  • Registration at 11:00am
  • Donation BBQ begins 11:00am
  • Walk/ride begins 12:15ish
  • BBQ continues for public
  • Silent Auction closes 4:00pm

RIDE T-Shirts

For those who raise $150+ (adults) or $75+ (youth), we’ll be thanking you for your efforts with a sweet, super-soft RIDE t-shirt that you’ll be proud to wear (and maybe even brag about)!


For a more detailed look at what to expect, please connect with your charity.


Have questions? Visit the FAQ section!

Route Details

Safety First! If your team is outside on Event Day, keep a close eye on everyone, their plans, whereabouts, and safety.

  • Check out the maps below.
  • Youth and children should always be supervised.
  • In case of any accident or injury, immediately call 911 for emergency support.
  • If an accident does occur, please contact Kyla (National Director of Events) 519-503-9186.
  • Participants are expected to be aware of and respect all Covid-related health and safety guidelines for their area, including but not limited to exercising social distancing protocols and wearing masks as required.

Handling Money

We cannot process cash or cheques at our in-person event. Here's what you can do:

  • Credit Card: The Best Option! Simple, secure, automatically tax receipted for gifts of $20+. Visit the Donate page, share your personal page link, or have your donor call the RIDE Head Office.
  • Cheques: The Old Faithful - made out to “Ride for Refuge” with your name on the Memo line. Mail them to the RIDE Head Office along with your completed pledge sheet.
  • Cash: You have 2 options:
  • 1. Login to FundHub, click “Enter $$ and Cheques,” create pledges for your cash donations, pay them off with your personal credit card, and keep the cash. OR...
  • 2. Write a cheque (made out to “Ride for Refuge”) for the total amount of cash you’ve collected. Mail it to the RIDE Head Office with your completed pledge sheet.

Waivers

All participants must register online this year and accept the electronic waiver.

  • When they register online, they will automatically accept an electronic waiver, which is all that is needed for adults.
  • If you have youth or children on your team, they will need to have their parent or guardian sign a printed paper waiver.

What to Bring

A few common sense suggestions:

  • A cell phone for emergencies (recommended but not required)
  • A helmet is mandatory for all riders
  • A face mask
  • Snacks in case you get hungry
  • Your bike or walking shoes
  • Your own water bottle
  • A passion for the charity you're riding or walking for
  • Warm layers with moisture-repelling clothing in case it's cold or windy. Late September/early October weather can be cool, with rain and wind. The weather might also be gorgeous and sunny. Be sure to keep your eye on the forecast!

Kingston Maps

Check out this year's Ride for Refuge route maps below:

5kmView + print!

Start at Collins Bay Legion at 4034 Bath Road. Turn right and follow Shoreline trail to bike path which leads to Coverdale Drive. Turn Right and walk towards Marina. Turn into Rotary Park and go past parking lot to pavilion where you can use restroom and grab a bottle of water. A more steps around this area to explore dog park and then retrace your steps back to the start!

Homes for Heroes Scoreboard

Are you thrashing the competition (for a good cause)? Find out here! Stats are updated every 15 minutes. See how you stack up on the national scoreboard >

Teams
Participants

#

Team Name

Captain

Members

Raised

1

Sutton Group Masters

Gail Power

7

11,035.00

2

Homes4Heroes

Homes For Heroes

4

7,335.00

3

Atkinson HHBC

Sonia Atkinson

1

2,675.00

4

Century 21 Champ- KHRealty

Kendra Hodgson

6

2,490.00

5

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Pat Nadeau

10

1,605.00

6

Hometown Throwdown

Miranda Boven

6

1,255.00

7

The Tim Bits

Rick Cairns

2

540.00

#

Name

Team Name

Activity

Raised

1

Fred Boven

Homes4Heroes

Ride 50km

4,730.00

2

Gail Power

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

4,115.00

3

Kay Langmuir

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

3,200.00

4

Sonia Atkinson

Atkinson HHBC

Walk 5km

2,675.00

5

Kendra Hodgson

Century 21 Champ- KHRealty

Walk 5km

1,820.00

6

Catherine Arnold

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

1,585.00

7

Kathy Williams

Homes4Heroes

Walk 5km

1,455.00

8

laura briggs

Walk 5km

1,356.00

9

Pat Nadeau

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Ride 10km

1,305.00

10

Ryan Power

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

1,050.00

11

Doug Power

Homes4Heroes

Big Goal

625.00

12

Robert Munroe Sutton Group Realty

Sutton Group Masters

Volunteer

400.00

13

Mark Pruefer

Sutton Group Masters

Ride 10km

385.00

14

Miranda Boven

Hometown Throwdown

Games

370.00

15

Rick Cairns

The Tim Bits

Ride 10km

340.00

16

Jack Green

Sutton Group Masters

Walk 5km

300.00

17

Bill Stevenson

Century 21 Champ- KHRealty

Walk 5km

270.00

18

Gwendolyn Van Dam

Hometown Throwdown

Fitness

225.00

19

Stephanie Boven

Hometown Throwdown

Walk 5km

205.00

20

tim macdonald

The Tim Bits

Fitness

200.00

21

Jeff McKenna

Hometown Throwdown

Walk 5km

155.00

22

Casey Boven

Hometown Throwdown

Outdoors

150.00

23

Hilary McKenna

Hometown Throwdown

Walk 5km

150.00

24

Carrie Brunet

Century 21 Champ- KHRealty

Walk 5km

150.00

25

Sandra McKenna

Century 21 Champ- KHRealty

Walk 5km

150.00

26

Paul Carney

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Ride 10km

100.00

27

BRENT WALDIE

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Ride 10km

100.00

28

Marion Nadeau

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Walk 5km

100.00

29

Sarah Rouleau

Century 21 Champ- KHRealty

Walk 5km

75.00

30

Tara Bertschi

Century 21 Champ- KHRealty

Ride 10km

25.00

31

Homes For Heroes

Homes4Heroes

Walk 5km

25.00

32

Josy Moser

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Walk 5km

33

Chantal Nadeau

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Walk 5km

34

Trevor Tompkins

EXP Realty | Nadeau Real Estate Group

Walk 5km

About Homes for Heroes

Our mission is to provide a caring and comprehensive solution to homelessness among Canada’s veterans. We are building unique, affordable and innovative urban villages to house veterans during their transition back to civilian life; and, providing full-service, wrap-around programming that will deliver the resources, training and counselling necessary to ensure their success on this journey – enabling them to achieve the goal of living independently in the long term. The design of our Villages is deliberate and is intended to maximize a sense of community, teamwork and peer-to-peer support. This approach was developed in direct consultation with our Canadian Veterans – it is a program developed by Veterans for Veterans and reflects their unique strengths, weaknesses, experiences, social norms, needs and aspirations. These factors, taken together, suggest that Veterans need, and deserve, an approach to homelessness that varies from other homeless populations.


Housing consists of villages of 20 “tiny” homes arranged in an inward-facing, “barracks format” to facilitate peer-to-peer support. But our Villages don’t look like a “barracks” – they are attractive communities, set in a park-like atmosphere. They provide a positive contribution to the host community while creating a sense of pride, identity and ownership among their residents. Each Village will also incorporate a central resource centre, a counselling office, and community garden.


Each home is under 300 square feet in size but fully equipped with all the features of a larger home. “Tiny homes” aren’t just trendy, they are the perfect platform for someone transitioning from living rough: a safe, private, self-contained space in which to keep their belongings, attend to their needs and start on the path to recovery within a community of their peers.


But housing is just the first step, and not an adequate solution by itself. Once housed, we provide our resident Veterans with a customized program of resources, training and counselling necessary to ensure their success on this journey.


In partnership with leading local social service agencies, and Veterans Affairs Canada, we offer individualized counselling and training programs for each veteran, monitoring their progress against a well-defined and proven self-sufficiency matrix. Residency in the Village will be transitional, with the goal of having each veteran leave the Village and re-enter mainstream society, employed, stable and self-sufficient, likely after one to three years, but only when they have achieved their personal goals.

Contact Us


Homes for Heroes

Cameron H. Diggon, Capt. (Ret'd) Director of Fund Development
Toll Free 1.877.743.3413 / Phone 519.603.2250
Email info@rideforrefuge.org

Got questions about the Ride for Refuge?
info@rideforrefuge.org | 1.877.743.3413