Ride for the kids organizers mark anniversary

Looking for a “title sponsor” for annual Canuck Place fundraiser

On Wednesday, July 11 Jeff Bandura and a small group of friends will celebrate 20 years of riding together by getting on their bikes and pedalling 165 kilometres from Langley to Sardis and back again.

They will have a lot of company, with up to 60 participants expected.

The whole trip will take about eight-and-a-half hours, including breaks.

Money raised will go to the Canucks for Kids Fund, benefitting Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

“We started out as a mountain bike team,” said Bandura, one of the ride organizers.

After they rode the inaugural Ride 2 Survive, a 400-km, one-day ride from Kelowna to Delta, Bandura had the idea of creating a charity ride in which the average cyclist could complete.

The Ride For Hope began in 2007.

In 2015 it became the “Ride for The Kids”.

This year is their 12th and they are hoping to line up a “title sponsor,” a company with local roots that would be interested in supporting the cause.

​“It’s a feel-good story where they’re doing something good for the community.”

This year, as in previous years, the target amount is $15,000.

“Whatever we can do,” Bandura said. “The money is important, but it’s about raising awareness.”

READ MORE: Langley-based Ride for the Kids cyclists ready to roll for Canuck Place

Canuck Place, when it first opened its doors in November 1995, became North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice.

Thanks to its supporters and sponsors, led by Bayview Towing and C&D Logistics, the rides have raised close to $700,000 to date.

Donors can make contributions online at jbanracing.com. Interested sponsors can get in touch the same way.



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Federal Green Party reps in Chilliwack ready for their AGM

Deputy Leader Jonina Campbell of the BC Greens will be the keynote speaker on Feb. 27

Sarah Wark and Team B.C. lose to Northern Ontario at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

It was the second straight heartbreaking defeat for Wark after a promising 3-0 start.

Preliminary inquiry starts for Chilliwack woman charged in 2016 fatal hit-and-run

Linnea Labbee, 70, accused in Dec. 1, 2016 incident that killed 78-year-old Fourghozaman Firoozian

UPDATE: Chilliwack man arrested for Agassiz break and enters

Westin Ferguson, 19, faces charges relating to break and enters throughout Agassiz

Slide show: Baby Yoga at the Sardis Library in Chilliwack

Some babies were so Zen, they fell asleep

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

Abbotsford man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Bad weather halts search for missing B.C. snowshoer until at least Wednesday

The rescuers were able to rescue the missing man’s friend

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

Bomb threats, gunfire, kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

B.C. hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

Most Read