PWRDF Ride for Refuge 2017

This RIDE got underway again this year at Richmond Christian High School in Richmond. The forecast rain nicely held off until after the RIDE was complete! A warm lunch was provided to the hundreds of Ride For Refuge riders in the school gymnasium following the event.

The Ride for Refuge Team PWRDF (Primate's World Relief and Development Fund) Vancouver exceeded their fundraising goal for the ride this year, and as of the writing of this brief report October 1, 2017 approximately $4000 have been raised primarly for the benefit of PWRDF partner CCM be Pemba, a credit cooperative organization in Mozambique, which provides a safe place for women to keep their savings and access low-interest loans for small businesses. Profits are reinvested in their businesses and in their families allowing for access to potable water, food, shelter, clothing, and education. Adult women, almost 70% of whom are illiterate, learn to read at night school. Women are empowered to become full partners in decision making for their families and their communities as a whole.


  • Jane Dittrich (Christ Church Cathedral) and Peter Goodwin (Diocesan PWRDF unit chair, and captain of Team PWRDF Vancouver) at the starting line flag
  • Here we see Jane lining up with other riders riding for various charities and causes at the starting line for the 50KM route. She was the only member of Team PWRDF Vancouver to ride the 50KM route, but she met many interesting people riding for other teams during the 2.5 hour hour peddle!
  • Ride For Refuge convenors offering words of instruction, and a prayer for safety prior to the commencing of the ride
  • Members of Team PWRDF Vancouver reunited after completing their respective routes. Some team members walked, and others did the 10KM, 25KM or 50KM versions of the bike ride. Members included top fundraiser Susan Ohannesian (organist, St. Mary's Kerrisdale), Lini, Ben and Margot Hutchings (St. Mary's Kerrisdale), Betty Boland (St. Faith) and Peter Goodwin (St. James).

Photos - Courtesy of Jane Dittrich