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Ride For Refuge 2019

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Community Care of West Niagara takes over as Ride for Refuge host
Lincoln agency looking beyond its borders to regional event
NEWS Jun 18, 2019 by Luke Edwards  Grimsby Lincoln News

CCWN is taking over the Niagara region's Ride for Refuge from Pelham Friends Church. The event will take place in October. In the photo, from left: CCWN executive director Carole Fuhrer and administration and fundraising coordinator Lynda O'Donnell. - Luke Edwards/Torstar

Community Care of West Niagara is going for a ride, and they’re inviting the entire Niagara region to join them.

The Lincoln Food Bank and service agency announced this week that it has become the host organization for Niagara region’s Ride for Refuge, an annual nationwide walk/ride that supports charities who help displaced, vulnerable and exploited people. Community Care of West Niagara (CCWN) will take over for Pelham Friends Church, which ran the ride for the past five years.

“Not only does it help us raise money for our agency, but the event helps other agencies as well,” said CCWN executive director Carole Fuhrer.

The ride will stay in Pelham for 2019, with the headquarters remaining at Pelham Friends Church on Haist Street. And while CCWN is the host agency, they’ll be welcoming others from across the region to create their own teams and raise money at the Oct. 5 ride.

Matt Bradbury, lead pastor at Pelham Friends Church, said the church is excited to pass the baton onto an organization like CCWN.

“It’s fantastic to see it continue,” he said. “They (CCWN) will bring lots of horsepower.”

The church had been hosting the ride for five years, helping a diverse range of agencies raise money.

Fuhrer and CCWN administration and fundraising co-ordinator Lynda O’Donnell said it was a perfect chance not only to raise money but also raise the profile of some of its regional programs, like Food Rescue, which rescues excess food that would otherwise be thrown away and gives it to non-profit agencies with food programs.

“It’s a great opportunity to work with agencies that may benefit from the Food Rescue program,” said Fuhrer.

Food Rescue has saved nearly 32,000 pounds of food from being wasted since it came to Niagara last year.
And it’s great to be part of an event that’s a fun day out, they said.

The fundraising goal for the 2019 ride is $25,000, and organizers hope to get 80 or more riders out. Participants can take part in a bike ride of 10, 25 or 50 kms, or a five-km walk. There will also be food and fun activities.

For more information visit, email or call 1-877-743-3413.

Luke Edwards is a reporter for Niagara this Week, covering north Niagara, and editor for Niagara Farmers' Monthly.

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