Raised:
$62,405
91%Goal:
$68,000

Kitchener Grand River

Hosted by COMPASS Refugee Centre

158Participants25Teams49Volunteers

What moves you? Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2022 for the Ride for Refuge, a family-friendly bike + walk fundraiser supporting local charities who help people seeking refuge from danger, hardship, and abuse.

Event Day Details

Save the date - RIDE Day is October 1, 2022!

StartGoogle Map

500 Doon Valley Dr, Kitchener, ON N2P 1B4

Start and Finish Location at Doon Valley Golf Course

Schedule

  • 3:00 pm: Meet Check-in opens
  • 4:00 pm: Move Opening remarks + send-off
  • 5:00 pm: Munch Light meal served
  • 6:00 pm: Mosey Go Home!

Have questions? Visit the FAQ section!

Check-in

  • All participants will check-in personally at the event on Saturday, October 1, 2022.
  • T-shirts! Fundraising participants who raise $150+ (or $75+ for those under 18) will receive a RIDE shirt as a thank you on Event Day, while supplies last.
  • There is no registration fee to participate in the Ride for Refuge, but most participants raise $250-300 or more in support of their charity.
  • No money or cheques will be processed at check-in.

Can't join us on event day? If you have a conflict, we hope you'll join us by fundraising and walking on your own.

Waivers

All participants should register online and accept the electronic waiver.

  • Adults: When you register online, you will automatically accept an electronic waiver, which is all that is needed for adults.
  • Youth/Children: If you have youth or children on your team, they will need to have their parent or guardian sign a printed paper waiver.
  • Waivers will be available at check-in on Event Day.

Route Details

  • Route Distances: We have great routes where you can walk 2.5 or 5 km or bike 10 or 20 km.
  • Rest Stops: There will be one rest stop on each route with yummy snacks and drinks.
  • Signage: Routes will be well-signed with our bold orange RIDE signs.
  • Route Support: Route marshals, rest stop hosts, and support vehicle drivers will provide support along the route.
  • 12 and under participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

What to Bring

A few common sense suggestions:

  • A cell phone for emergencies (recommended but not required)
  • Your bike and helmet or walking shoes
  • Extra snacks if you have allergies or food sensitivities
  • Your own water bottle
  • Warm layers with moisture-repelling clothing. Early October weather can be cool, with rain and wind. The weather might also be gorgeous and sunny. So be sure to keep your eye on the forecast.
  • A passion for the charity you're walking and fundraising for!

Kitchener Grand River Maps

Check out this year's RIDE route maps below:

2.5kmView + print!

Starting at the Doon Valley Golf Course, follow the Walter Bean Grand River Trail. Turn around when you reach the rest stop after crossing the Grand River!

5kmView + print!

Follow the Walter Bean Grand River Trail across the Grand River into Pioneer Tower Natural Area. Look out for volunteer Route Marshalls to mark the turnaround at the end of the route!

10kmView + print!

Follow the Grand River Conservation Trail to the turnaround on Grand Crest Place. Then, take Homer Watson's protected bicycle lane into Willow Lake Park and join us back at Doon Valley Golf Course!

20kmView + print!

Up for a challenge? Follow the 20km loop, starting at Doon Valley Golf Course, through the Grand River Conservation Trail, Homer Watson Boulevard's bicycle lane and Willow Lake Park.

Kitchener Grand River 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

WMB on the Move

Nevine Samy Bebawi

21

18,584.00

2

COMPASS Tour De Board

COMPASS Board of Directors

4

7,290.00

3

The Young & The Rest of Us

Jenni Wagler

17

4,631.00

4

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

Shelley Campagnola

11

4,070.00

5

The Van Giessen Gaggle

Tony Van Giessen

3

2,600.00

6

TMH Waterloo

Adam Neufeld

6

2,375.00

7

Listowel Mennonite Church

Dorothy Tymchyshyn

21

2,365.00

8

Team Sloth

Sami Qureshi

2

2,000.00

9

WALK the WALK

Jeanette Voaden

2

2,000.00

10

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

Zac Klassen

14

1,980.00

11

First Mennonite Church Rollers and Walkers

Murray Schwartzentruber

4

1,550.00

12

Hope Riders

Jon Hill

6

1,500.00

13

Szepesi Family and Friends

Christine Clark

7

1,225.00

14

St. Jacobs Mennonite Church

Kevin Derksen

1

1,150.00

15

Team Rocket

Rochelle Lee

2

1,130.00

16

Grebel Gearheads

Elias DeKoter

3

925.00

17

Auditorium Biker Gang

Kimberly Barber

3

900.00

18

Stirling Mennonite Church

Alyson Neufeld

4

810.00

19

Erb St Mennonite Church

Luke Reesor-Keller

4

750.00

20

Milou & Matt (M&M)

Milou Nicolaes

3

735.00

21

WMC Pedallers

Kara Carter

3

650.00

22

Joanne Jantzi

Joanne Jantzi

3

450.00

23

Steinmann Steamrollers

Steve Drudge

1

150.00

24

Stratford Welcomes Refugees

Wendy McNaughton

#

Name

Team Name

Donors

Raised

1

Bruce West

WMB on the Move

34

8,739.00

2

Jim Pankratz

COMPASS Tour De Board

21

3,900.00

3

Jim MacMillan

WMB on the Move

25

2,445.00

4

Cathy Abbott

COMPASS Tour De Board

17

1,940.00

5

Jeanette Voaden

WALK the WALK

16

1,500.00

6

Debbie Wagler

The Young & The Rest of Us

18

1,450.00

7

Tony Van Giessen

The Van Giessen Gaggle

10

1,250.00

8

Adam Neufeld

TMH Waterloo

18

1,200.00

9

Emily Van Giessen

The Van Giessen Gaggle

7

1,200.00

10

Jenni Wagler

The Young & The Rest of Us

17

1,186.00

11

Jon Hill

Hope Riders

9

1,150.00

12

Peggy Snyder

COMPASS Tour De Board

11

1,150.00

13

Lydie Herrle

WMB on the Move

11

1,025.00

14

Gareth Goossen

WMB on the Move

10

1,005.00

15

Rochelle Lee

Team Rocket

20

980.00

16

Michelle, Adam & Jason Knowles

WMB on the Move

9

940.00

17

Shelley Campagnola

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

5

825.00

18

Maria Qureshi

Team Sloth

6

790.00

19

Murray Schwartzentruber

First Mennonite Church Rollers and Walkers

8

750.00

20

Sami Qureshi

Team Sloth

5

710.00

21

Lila Kennedy

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

15

700.00

22

Kimberly Barber

Auditorium Biker Gang

5

700.00

23

Helen Gallinger

9

565.00

24

Nevine Samy Bebawi

WMB on the Move

5

550.00

25

Matt Voaden

WALK the WALK

12

500.00

26

Brian Carney

1

500.00

27

Phil Jantzi

WMB on the Move

4

500.00

28

Kristy Sawatzky

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

7

475.00

29

Elias Zabayo

6

465.00

30

Mehry Javady

WMB on the Move

12

445.00

31

Daniel Habte

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

3

400.00

32

David Clayworth

WMB on the Move

6

400.00

33

Christine Clark

Szepesi Family and Friends

6

400.00

34

Zac Klassen

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

6

400.00

35

Reuben Brunsting

WMB on the Move

3

375.00

36

Elias DeKoter

Grebel Gearheads

5

355.00

37

Dennis Cok

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

4

350.00

38

Maya Morton Ninomiya

Grebel Gearheads

5

290.00

39

Ryan Mann

WMB on the Move

5

285.00

40

Grace Thiessen

WMB on the Move

3

275.00

41

Milou Nicolaes

Milou & Matt (M&M)

5

260.00

42

Marcela Kupfer

6

260.00

43

Ray Brunsting

WMB on the Move

2

250.00

44

Nancy Frey

Listowel Mennonite Church

3

250.00

45

Joanne Jantzi

Joanne Jantzi

3

250.00

46

Josi Pape

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

4

250.00

47

Margiet van haren

Milou & Matt (M&M)

2

250.00

48

Kara Carter

WMC Pedallers

2

225.00

49

Donna Britton

WMC Pedallers

7

225.00

50

Monika Gingerich

The Young & The Rest of Us

4

220.00

51

Katy Biersteker

3

220.00

52

Rowan Neufeld

Stirling Mennonite Church

6

210.00

53

Jeff MacLeod

WMB on the Move

3

200.00

54

Mary Wright

First Mennonite Church Rollers and Walkers

3

200.00

55

Lois Cressman

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

3

200.00

56

Penny Martin

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

200.00

57

Cali Kornelsen

The Young & The Rest of Us

5

200.00

58

Lawrence Hansen

WMB on the Move

2

200.00

59

Aaron Neufeld

Stirling Mennonite Church

4

200.00

60

Kayden Neufeld

Stirling Mennonite Church

5

200.00

61

Alyson Neufeld

Stirling Mennonite Church

4

200.00

62

Tara O'Donnell

Auditorium Biker Gang

2

200.00

63

Darby Mills

WMB on the Move

2

200.00

64

Jason Gingerich

The Young & The Rest of Us

1

200.00

65

Thomas Fast-Sittler

1

200.00

66

Anna Reesor Rempel

Erb St Mennonite Church

2

200.00

67

Kerri Macleod

WMB on the Move

4

200.00

68

Penny and Peter Forget

TMH Waterloo

3

200.00

69

Nathan Dykstra

Grebel Gearheads

4

195.00

70

David Ayala

Listowel Mennonite Church

3

160.00

71

Heather Bauman

Szepesi Family and Friends

1

150.00

72

Brian Britton

WMC Pedallers

2

150.00

73

Greg Cressman

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

2

150.00

74

Loyal Bacher

The Young & The Rest of Us

2

150.00

75

Bryan Bauman

Szepesi Family and Friends

1

150.00

76

Isaac Reesor-Keller

Erb St Mennonite Church

2

150.00

77

Max Chute

TMH Waterloo

3

150.00

78

Amber McKay

The Young & The Rest of Us

2

150.00

79

Rob Colfax

First Mennonite Church Rollers and Walkers

2

150.00

80

Luke Reesor-Keller

Erb St Mennonite Church

2

150.00

81

Edith Bacher

The Young & The Rest of Us

2

150.00

82

Clare Cressman

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

3

150.00

83

Tim Martin

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

150.00

84

Sonya Vanderheide

The Van Giessen Gaggle

2

150.00

85

Arlin Martin

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

150.00

86

Dorothy Tymchyshyn

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

150.00

87

Wendy Sherlock

First Mennonite Church Rollers and Walkers

1

150.00

88

Tyler Szepesi

Szepesi Family and Friends

2

150.00

89

Katie Schulz

WMB on the Move

3

150.00

90

Michael Thiessen

WMB on the Move

1

150.00

91

Kevin Derksen

St. Jacobs Mennonite Church

2

150.00

92

Evan Kornelsen

The Young & The Rest of Us

2

150.00

93

Annabelle Carter

Listowel Mennonite Church

3

130.00

94

Jimmy Carter

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

125.00

95

Jon Staken

TMH Waterloo

1

100.00

96

Alex Tse

1

100.00

97

Darius Staken

TMH Waterloo

1

100.00

98

Dorothea Hill

Hope Riders

1

100.00

99

Kaleb Martin

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

100.00

100

Benoit Cossar

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

100.00

101

Simon Martin

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

100.00

102

Josh Friesen

The Young & The Rest of Us

1

75.00

103

Tim Nolan

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

75.00

104

Samuel Ayala

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

75.00

105

Brooke Szepesi

Szepesi Family and Friends

1

75.00

106

Charlotte Seyler

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

75.00

107

Jean-Christophe Seyler

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

75.00

108

Pierre-Luc Seyler

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

75.00

109

Francois Cossar

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

75.00

110

Fraser Cossar

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

75.00

111

Timothy Ayala

Listowel Mennonite Church

2

75.00

112

Spencer Gingerich

The Young & The Rest of Us

1

75.00

113

Kyler Gingerich

The Young & The Rest of Us

1

75.00

114

Bryson Gingerich

The Young & The Rest of Us

1

75.00

115

Sebastian Martin

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

75.00

116

Philip Szepesi

Szepesi Family and Friends

1

75.00

117

Sebastien Seyler

Listowel Mennonite Church

1

75.00

118

Charles Szepesi

Szepesi Family and Friends

1

75.00

119

Tanya Hill

Hope Riders

1

50.00

120

Sarah Bauman

The Young & The Rest of Us

1

50.00

121

David Mills

WMB on the Move

1

50.00

122

Darren Bauman

The Young & The Rest of Us

1

50.00

123

John Oudyk

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

1

50.00

124

Matt Fedyck

Milou & Matt (M&M)

1

50.00

125

Steven Reesor Rempel

Erb St Mennonite Church

1

50.00

126

Melanie Lee

Hope Riders

1

50.00

127

Oliver Lee

Hope Riders

1

50.00

128

Madeleine Neufeld

TMH Waterloo

2

50.00

129

Archer Lee

Hope Riders

1

50.00

130

Micah Klassen

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

1

20.00

131

Jaren Klassen

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

1

20.00

132

Armando Garcia

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

133

Jeffrey Kinart

134

Melina Silva

135

COMPASS Board of Directors

COMPASS Tour De Board

136

Shawn McEwen

Auditorium Biker Gang

137

Manuela Jimenez

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

138

Henk Pardys

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

139

John Regier

Joanne Jantzi

140

Kazh Ameen

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

141

Jamie McCourt

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

142

Bre Frey

The Young & The Rest of Us

143

Jens Happe

WMB on the Move

144

Beilul Welday

145

Darby Lewis

The Young & The Rest of Us

146

Mary Goerzen

147

Russell Pardys

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

148

Charlie Pardys

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

149

Sean Pape

COMPASS Walk and Wheel

150

Sam Pardys

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

151

John-Eric Pardys

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

152

Melodie Klassen

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

153

Steve Drudge

Steinmann Steamrollers

154

Lindsey Pardys

Bloomingdale Mennonite Church

About COMPASS Refugee Centre

RIDE or WALK with us and help people go from needing refuge to thriving in welcoming communities.


COMPASS Refugee Centre works for the day that every person coming to Canada seeking refuge has unhindered access to justice, and the opportunity to thrive in welcoming communities.



We promote justice through assistance with the refugee claim process. We accompany through our T.H.R.I.V.E. framework using innovation and collaboration to create opportunities that lead to newcomer integration, belonging, and contribution to community life. We advocate for #welcomingcommunities made stronger by tackling barriers to justice and thriving, and engaging people ready for life beyond refuge.



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Contact Us


RIDE Kitchener Grand River 2022

The RIDE Team Participant & Donor Services
Toll Free 1.877.743.3413 / Phone 519.603.2250
Email kitchenergrandriver@rideforrefuge.org

Got questions about the Ride for Refuge?
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