ride for refugees!

On Saturday I rode 25km in RIDE for Refugees! I don’t think I’ve ever ridden that far in my life! I wanted to blog about it on Saturday night but I could barely move from the couch!

RIDE for Refugees is a non-competitive fundraising ride to raise money for refugee ministry in Sydney and Melbourne, Malawi, Greece and Austria – that’s where International Teams is involved in refugee ministry.

After sending out a few emails about the RIDE, I was so encouraged that many of my friends and family sponsored me! A substantial donation to our Redfern Riders team from an old school friend helped us reach our target of $600 and by the morning of the I had also reached my personal fundraising goal of $250. The RIDE has raised over $25,000 so far for work with those who have been displaced from their homes.

God blessed us with an absolutely brilliant Spring day. Most of the ride was actually really quite pleasant – and a refreshing way to see a part of Sydney I have never seen before.  There were some serious hills though – might do a bit more training next year so that I don’t have to walk my bike at all!! 🙂 AJ decided at the end of 25km that he wasn’t quite done so did another 25km…impressive work husband!

One of my fave parts of the day was being handed a video camera to go around and interview some riders. I chatted with some guys from Sierra Leone – refugees themselves and a family who were riding in special memory of their grandparents who had arrived in Oz as refugees 60 years ago.

Great work Sydney Refugee Team on organising! Thanks to AJ and Will for being part of Redfern Riders and thanks to those who sponsored me to help make a difference in the lives of refugees. All in all what an awesome day!

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