Raised:
$24,441
111%Goal:
$22,000

Toronto Midtown

Hosted by Project Abraham

32Participants8Teams1Volunteers

What moves you? The Ride for Refuge, a family-friendly fundraising bike + walk in support of local charities serving people seeking hope, safety, and freedom. Join us Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023!

Event Day Details

Save the date - RIDE Day is September 23, 2023!

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Lawrence Park Community Church

2180 Bayview Avenue

North York, M42 3K7

Schedule

  • 10:00 am: Meet Check-in + Welcome
  • 11:00 am: Move Send-off
  • 12:00 pm: Munch Light meal served
  • 1:00 pm: Mosey Thank You! See you in 2024!


Not able to join us at the Main Event? We hope you'll register, fundraise and participate offsite with friends and family.

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.
  • Children 12 and Under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • No Pets: We love our little furballs like you do, but pets are not permitted at Ride for Refuge except for approved and trained service animals. Read more about our pet policy >

Check-in

  • All participants check-in personally at the event on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
  • 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.

Have questions? Visit the FAQ section!

Waivers

All participants should register online.

  • Adults accept the waiver automatically when they register online.
  • Youth/Children: under 18 need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
  • An online waiver form will be emailed to all parents/guardians before RIDE Day.
  • Waivers will be available at check-in on RIDE Day.

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. Late September 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!

Handling Money

  • 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 RIDE Head Office along with your completed pledge form.
  • 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.

Toronto Midtown Maps

Check out this year's RIDE route maps below:

Toronto Midtown 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

Joan Reynolds team

Joan Reynolds

5

5,803.00

2

Deborah's Dream Team

Deborah Glatter

5

3,365.00

3

The JoyRiders

David Taylor

5

3,236.00

4

Debbie Rose's Team

Debbie Rose

5

3,230.00

5

Pedal Punks

Susan Bandler

4

3,080.00

6

Karen and her new knee

Karen Goldenberg

2

2,828.00

7

Team Glenview

Team Glenview

2

1,500.00

8

Team Yezidi

Team Yezidi Project Abraham

1

1,019.00

#

Name

Team Name

Donors

Raised

1

Joan Reynolds

Joan Reynolds team

24

3,098.00

2

Karen Goldenberg

Karen and her new knee

11

2,190.00

3

Dale Northcote

Joan Reynolds team

18

1,625.00

4

Team Glenview

Team Glenview

19

1,500.00

5

Sandy Carrington

Pedal Punks

21

1,500.00

6

Debbie Rose

Debbie Rose's Team

10

1,425.00

7

David Taylor

The JoyRiders

20

1,292.00

8

Susie Goodman

Deborah's Dream Team

6

1,110.00

9

Deborah Glatter

Deborah's Dream Team

14

1,000.00

10

Jim Conforzi

The JoyRiders

13

900.00

11

Michael Birman

Debbie Rose's Team

11

615.00

12

Gary Rose

Debbie Rose's Team

7

595.00

13

Marcy Flomen

Pedal Punks

1

500.00

14

Brian M Green

Pedal Punks

1

500.00

15

Susan Bandler

Pedal Punks

6

480.00

16

Linda Ballantyne

The JoyRiders

6

475.00

17

Jim Kinney

The JoyRiders

6

469.00

18

Sandra Bekhor

Deborah's Dream Team

4

425.00

19

Team Yezidi Project Abraham

Team Yezidi

5

369.00

20

Brenda Kates

Joan Reynolds team

5

290.00

21

Lisa Osak

Deborah's Dream Team

3

250.00

22

Anjali Shah

Debbie Rose's Team

1

250.00

23

Paulette Khatchatourian

Debbie Rose's Team

3

225.00

24

Ellen Bessner

1

200.00

25

Andrew Reynolds

Joan Reynolds team

1

200.00

26

Susie Goodman

1

180.00

27

Anat Wertheim

Karen and her new knee

1

100.00

28

Alison Stewart

The JoyRiders

1

100.00

29

Sheila Ryan

Joan Reynolds team

1

50.00

30

Nour Hassan

The Challenge

Got a big-hearted business, workplace, group, church, or community? Step up and join the Challenge to compete for your local pride in support of RIDE. Check the National Challengeboard to see more!

About Project Abraham

Over the last decade Project Abraham has been there to help traumatized refugees settle in Canada, beginning with the Yezidis. In 2014 the Yezidis were victims of genocide as ISIS attacked Mt. Sinjar in Iraq and killed thousands, taking the women as sex slaves and the children as child soldiers. Project Abraham has assisted 45 Yezidi families in the GTA as well as providing services to the London Yezidi community. Many of our clients suffer from extreme trauma from seeing their relatives murdered and/or from being held as slaves. More recently, Project Abraham has been opening its arms to help refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine settle in Canada.


Please join us and walk or ride with us on September 23rd as we raise money to continue to help these new Canadians. Here are just a few of the services Project Abraham provides:


• English as a second language training. While the government does offer some ESL classes, Project Abraham’s classes are geared toward helping people who have been severely traumatized and who do not do well in a typical ESL class.

• Homework Club. Many of the Yezidi children are far behind their grade level as a result of being in displaced persons camps for extended periods of time.

• Advocacy for the Yezidis who remain in displaced persons camps

• Translation services

• Adoption services

• Providing laptops, sewing machines, bicycles, etc.

• Community events: trips to the ROM, Science Centre


With your help, our new neighbours can become integrated into our community and take their place as productive members of Canadian society.

Contact Us


RIDE Toronto Midtown 2023

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

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