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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is again participating in Ride for Refuge. Team PWRDF Vancouver will be riding 10, 25, and 50 km routes and walking the 5 km route in Richmond. Last year, St. John the Divine, Maple Ridge established the “Divine Dashers” and rode the Fort Langley route and may do so again this year. As an alternative to participating with an existing team along the organized routes you may also plan your own parish Ride for Refuge event.

This year funds raised will be directed to 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.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor to PWRDF every dollar raised will be matched to a maximum of $30,000 which is the fundraising goal set by PWRDF. Currently the number of women being supported by PWRDF is 50. Achieving the target of $30,000 will result in the number being increased threefold to 150.

The August 9th story of the PWRDF website, entitled “Ride for Refuge Beneficiary Gives Women a Chance to Thrive” describes the transformative impact loans have had on the lives of women and their families.

 To become involved in Ride for Refuge either as a rider or supporter visit the Ride for Refuge website ‘’. Team PWRDF would welcome new riders. To customize your own event contact Cheryl Denomy, PWRDF Donor Relations and Fundraising Coordinator at 1-866-308-7973 extension 306 or by email.

For further information you may contact Peter Goodwin, Diocesan PWRDF Unit chair and captain of Team PWRDF Vancouver by email or by phone, 604.929.6143.