On Saturday, October 16th, bicyclists from all over Vancouver will be getting together to ride to raise money for the displaced, the vulnerable, and the exploited. Their hope is to raise awareness of the need for humanitarian aid to go towards refugees, and all those who are in need of refuge.
According to the 2007 UN report, 67 million people worldwide are internally displaced due to war, persecution, or environmental disaster. One hundred million children are orphaned due to war and HIV, while 100 million women are widowed. In North America alone, 3.7 million people are homeless, with a third of those counted as children. Every week an estimated 25 000 children are sold or rented for sex across the globe, and North America is not exempt from this crime.
“Displaced by war and politics, marginalized by indifference and class and abused by power and gender-bias, the displaced, vulnerable and exploited are in urgent need of our protection – especially women and children” – RideforRefuge.org
Through collaboration with local churches, well-known refugee-serving organizations, advocacy groups, and charities, the Ride for Refuge supports programs providing relief and humanitarian aid, shelter, food, education, counseling, and encouragement.
The Point Church, Burnaby (a club at SFU) will be actively participating in the Ride for Refuge this weekend. Led by Kristen Soo, a masters student in Chemistry, the Point Church team has 6 riders, but they are still seeking more people to get involved. With only $268 raised, they are looking for more donations from the community so that they can reach their fundraising goal of $1000. The sign up and donation page are still open, so if you are concerned about the amount of suffering going on in this world and want to make a difference, this is your chance!
Together, we can help alleviate the suffering of others.
By Flavia Kajoba