Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:30am

Thank you for considering participation in the TENTH annual ‘Pedaling for Hope’ cyclathon on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the MCC Festival for World Relief. The bicycle ride is one channel to raise funds in support of MCC programs around the world. 

For the 2018 Pedaling for Hope cyclathon, funds raised will be in support of food aid for internally displaced and affected Syrians. This project will provide twelve months of food assistance to 6,000 affected and displaced Syrian households. Some of these households are currently seeking refuge in the Qalamoun Area, Rural Homs, Hama Vilages, and Rural Damascus. Displacement is often directly correlated with lower food security and increased hunger. 

And again this year, there is a commitment from ‘friends of MCC’ to double the first $100,000 brought in from the cyclists. The total amount the cyclists raise plus the match will be directed to the specific project in Syria and leverage 4:1 Canadian government matching. This means you have the opportunity again, to be part of something EPIC!

 

This photo shows Rahaf FDCD (Forum for Development Culture and Dialogue) field staff talking with a group of children in the Deir Atteih suburb an area that is experiencing a great need of food support for Internationally Displaced Peoples.MCC photo/FCDC

THE RIDE:

Two routes have been chosen in order to appeal to a wide variety of people’s skill level - a 20 km flat loop in the country around the Abbotsford airport, and 50km ‘rolling’ figure-8 circuit heading north toward the Fraser River and returning to the Tradex – view routes from the links above or maps will be available on the day of the ride. Both routes will begin and end in front of the Tradex Building and are self-guided.

Again this year, we will have a 10 km Guided Family Ride. Guides will lead and follow the group on a low traffic route so that you can focus on having fun as a family. Additionally, children 12 and under who participate in the ride will receive free admission to the Children's Area at the Festival (a savings of $5.00 per child) so plan to spend the day! When registering, select the group option so that you only have to complete one check-out for the whole family.

Plan to arrive between 8 and 8:30 am in order to check-in and submit collected donations. There will be a brief orientation to the routes and support vehicles. The 50 km riders will depart at 9:00, the 20 km riders at 9:15, and the Family riders at 9:20.  Helmets are mandatory, and water bottles are strongly suggested. There will be one water station on the 50 km route.  As the routes are on public roads, all traffic rules must be observed.

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration will take place online this year. Please click here to go to the registration page, and click the green "REGISTER" at the top right side of the page. You can choose to register as an individual or as a group.

Families, churches, and those wishing to participate as a team can create a group. Multiple registrations can be completed at the same time by selecting the appropriate number of people from the drop-down menu in each ride category, but team members can also sign up individually by searching for a group that has already been created. Please call 604-850-6639 and ask to speak with Katie if you are having trouble using this feature.

 

FUNDRAISING:

Although there is no registration fee, a donation of $50 per rider ($100 per family) is suggested. Please include this donation on your pledge form or give online using the information below. As this is a fundraising event, we ask that each cyclist attempt to raise additional funds. Fill out the form (which can be found here) and use it to record the requested information for each donor. Be sure to print clearly and remember to include your name, address, and phone number. All donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

Donations can be made by credit card here or by calling 604-850-6639. The donor will need to include your (the rider’s) name in this process. The steps are provided on the site.

On the day of the ride, bring the completed pledge form and all the monies you have collected in an envelope.  Submit this at the check-in table, which will be located to the south of the main entrance, close to the inflatable arch. Identify yourself and submit your collected donations. If needed, maps of the routes and contact phone numbers will be available there.

 

If you have any questions, contact Jon Nofziger at jonnofziger@mccbc.ca or call 604-850-6639.

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