Ride for Refuge

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Ride for Refuge
A photograph of twelve people standing in a row wearing bicycles and straddling or standing next to bicycles, all looking left under a blue sky
Participants in the 2013 Ride for Refuge in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
Formation 2004
Type NGO
Purpose/focus To raise awareness and funds for the displaced, vulnerable and exploited
Headquarters Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Location North America
Parent organization Blue Sea Philanthropy
Website rideforrefuge.org

Ride for Refuge is a non-competitive cycling event that partners with 175+ independent charities annually[1] and raises awareness and funds for displaced persons,[2] the vulnerable, and the exploited.[3] The event occurs internationally,[4] at locations in Canada and the United States.[5] Ride for Refuge was started in Canada in 2004,[6] by the Christian missionary organization International Teams Canada.[7] In its first year, Ride for Refuge took place in one city, Kitchener, Ontario, and there were only 25 cyclists.[8] As of 2014, the Ride for Refuge has raised more than $5,000,000.00 for their charitable partners.[9] Teams that enter in the event can choose from a list of approved charities for whom to fundraise[10] Teams can choose to support orphans, homeless people, refugees, human trafficking victims, and other displaced peoples.[11] The RIDE raises money for charities such as Ratanak International, International Justice Mission Canada, Africa Inland Mission Canada, and many more [12]


  1. ^ "About". Ride for Refuge. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ Joanne N. Bailey-Boorsma. "Ride for Refuge takes place at Byron Center Christian Saturday". Southwest Advance. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Rachel Gardner (October 4, 2012). "CU students cycle to raise money for Ride for Refuge". The Charlatan. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Laurie Watt (August 18, 2010). "Busby to ride for street centre". Simcoe.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Charlene Peck (September 16, 2011). "Riders shift gears for greater orphanage needs". CottageCountryNow.ca. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sabrina Prosser (October 18, 2010). "Saturday's bicycle ride raised $18k for charities, refugees". The Oklahoma Daily. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jason Dzubow (September 29, 2010). "Bloggings On Political Asylum". Immigration Daily. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Elena Hogan (October 7, 2011). "Port Hope church rides for Haiti". Northumberland News. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "About". Ride for Refuge. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Westminster School club aids Ride for Refuge". Courier News. October 19, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ Louis Tam (September 21, 2011). "Cyclists all geared up for weekend ride for refuge". CottageCountryNow.ca. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Partners". Ride for Refuge. Retrieved 28 March 2014.