RIDE FOR CHANGE: JUNE 14 – 15, 2019

1 ROUTE 1 GOAL!

 

Riding 150km to raise $150,000

CLICK TO REGISTER AS A PARTICIPANT OR VOLUNTEER
We are seeking to raise $300 from 500 people. The Ride for Change Bike Ride is inspired by Empowerment Squared’s executive director Leo Nupolu – Johnson, who spent eight years on refugee camps in West Africa as a child fleeing from civil war in his native Liberia and separated from his family. In 2006, he was resettled to Canada as a government – assisted refugee. In 2007, he founded Empowerment Squared with the vision of building a world where everyone is empowered with the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute to society. Working with several partners, the organization carries out it’s work by empowering newcomer and marginalized youth and communities in Canada and across the world to succeed through mentorship, access to post-secondary education, information literacy, and sports and recreation.

With no experience at all in biking, Leo decided to take on the ride of his life as a way of stepping out of his comfort zone to engage the community in supporting and celebrating the transformational work of Empowerment Squared. Under Leo’s leadership, the organization has assisted over 1500 newcomer youth and families with settling in Canada, many of whom are now giving back to their various communities. The organization has also made significant progress towards ground-breaking for the Liberian Learning Center project which will house the first and only public library in the West African Nation of Liberia.

Despite surviving two refugee camps as child, for Leo, no achievement quite compares to the opportunity of providing access to education for thousands of youth and overcoming conflict, particularly within immigrant, refugee and similar underprivileged communities. “I decided I could either carry on with a victim mentality – or be a champion of possibilities.”

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

 

Ride, fundraise, volunteer.

Together it is our goal to show that stepping out of our comfort zones is the catalyst for real change, so everyone regardless of cycling experience and age, can experience the collective power of people.

The 2019 Ride for Change provides the chance to

  • Ride 5km, 10km or up to 150km
  • Walk or stroll 5km
  • Fundraise
  • Volunteer

Participant Registration Details

Join Leo at ride sites along his route and ride, walk or wheel alongside him.   Cyclists can ride for as long as they would like from ride site to ride site and walkers can walk up to 5km along designated routes.  All ages are welcome as our ride sites work hard to offer routes that are well staffed with friendly volunteers.

Ride Sites along the route

  • June 14, 2019 at 12pm: Newcomer Day (Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St W, Hamilton ON L8P 4Y5)
  • June 14, 2019 at 12pm: Burloak Park (5599 King’s Hwy 2, Burlington, ON L7L 1C9)
  • June 15, 2019 at 8am: Coronation Park (711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7)
  • June 15, 2019 at 12pm: Burloak Park (5599 King’s Hwy 2, Burlington, ON L7L 1C9)

We ask that you bring your own bicycle, appropriate clothing and safety gear.  Water and snacks will be provided at each ride site for registered participants.

Child friendly activities along the route

  • June 14, 2019 at 12pm: Newcomer Day (Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St W, Hamilton ON L8P 4Y5)

REGISTER as a team or an individual today and help us reach our fundraising goal with your own campaign page!

Events along the route

  • Ride Kickoff – June 14, 2019 at 12pm: Newcomer Day (Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St W, Hamilton ON L8P 4Y5)
  • Celebration Picnic – June 15, 2019 at 12pm: Fifty Point Conservation (1479 Baseline Rd, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 0G3)

Volunteer Registration Details

Volunteers will play an essential role in the success of this two day event.  We are looking for a diverse network of volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at our ride sites; registration, spirit leaders, beverages and snacks, social media ambassadors, set up and take down.

Volunteer Sites along the route

  • June 14, 2019 at 12pm: Newcomer Day (Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St W, Hamilton ON L8P 4Y5)
  • June 14, 2019 at 12pm: Burloak Park (5599 King’s Hwy 2, Burlington, ON L7L 1C9)
  • June 15, 2019 at 8am: Coronation Park (711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7)
  • June 15, 2019 at 12pm: Burloak Park (5599 King’s Hwy 2, Burlington, ON L7L 1C9)
  • June 15, 2019 at 12pm: Fifty Point Conservation (1479 Baseline Rd, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 0G3)

You can still help us reach our fundraising goal with your own campaign page if you’re not riding or walking.

REGISTER as a volunteer today!

MEDIA GALLERY

 

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Our Goal

 

Understanding the need

The goal is to raise $150,000 through tax deductible donations to help do the following:

  • Develop educational pathways for hundreds of newcomer and marginalized youth to successfully pursue post-secondary education
  • Empower 200 newcomer and marginalized parents to participate in and support their children’s education through information literacy
  • Expand programming space to absorb a waiting list of newcomer and marginalized youth into our academic mentoring programs
  • Provide access to supervised sports and recreation opportunities for hundreds of newcomer and marginalized youth
  • Construction of the first phase of the Liberian Learning Center which will house the first public library in the West African nation of Liberia in support of 350,000 youth
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