On October 1 over 50 volunteers from the Toronto Central Chapter defied the rains and came out to the Ride for Refuge by the beaches in Toronto. Many walked, some biked, a few jogged. What every participant did and gave was walk all the way, with all of their hearts.
As they strolled down the walk deck and Ride path, most of the conversations and thoughts were around the needs of the poor in our affluent city.
The Ride organizers applauded the Toronto Central team from HOPE worldwide of Canada, not just for having one of the largest teams, but also for their zeal and such willingness to help.
All the volunteers gave their best. Julie Grant who reported to the venue as early as 6.30am, just couldn't stop giving. Energetic teenager Kristha Daley also stood out and supervised the lunch desk almost single handedly.
Captain J J Dorotheo, the spokesman and team motivator lived up to his name!
Let's not also forget the youngest walker in the Refuge Ride, 5 year old Meghan Abrokwah. She walked all the way- both on her feet...and on a few backs!
The team raised nearly $6 500.
Funds raised by the team will be used to raise awareness and funds for displaced, homeless and vulnerable people in Toronto and around the world.