Ride for Refuge is our largest annual fundraiser!
Next year’s Ride will take place on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 in cities across Canada! Register Here
What is the Ride for Refuge?
It’s an annual, family-friendly Cycling or Walking event to raise money for charities across the country that work with those who are displaced, vulnerable and exploited. Sign up in support of the Joy Smith Foundation to raise awareness of human trafficking in Canada and support for survivors!
There are about 30 official Ride locations across Canada, but Teams can sign up to Ride or Walk Anywhere! Participants have the option of riding 10 km, 15 km, or 20 km, or walking 5 km, and there are rest stations set up along the routes and a wonderful post-Ride lunch. The Ride for Refuge is a great way to get some exercise with friends and family and raise awareness of human trafficking in your community, all while supporting the work of the Joy Smith Foundation!
Become a Team Captain
We need strong, motivated Team Captains on board if we are to meet our fundraising goals, and this is the perfect opportunity for you to champion this critical cause among your friends and family! As a Team Captain, your responsibilities would include recruiting a team (usually 5-15 members), encouraging their fundraising, and perhaps organizing fundraising initiatives or events – such as a Church Picnic, Community BBQ or documentary screening.
Is there an entry fee?
The Ride for Refuge is a not-for-profit event. Participants 10 and under are free. There is a registration fee of $40, however if you fundraise a minimum of $150 ($75 for ages 11-17), the registration fee is waived and you will receive a free, unique Ride t-shirt.
Why should I sign up and join the Joy Smith Foundation?
The need of victims of human trafficking in Canada is great. They require food, shelter, clothing, counselling, medication, etc. Joining a team, raising pledges and biking in your city is your chance to raise support for the Joy Smith Foundation. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in Canada and the many recent cases across our country highlight the need to raise awareness and protect our youth.
See you there!