Fondo tours valley for youth charity
On Saturday bicycle riders from Alberta were in the valley taking on the Jurassic Fondo in benefit of Young Life of Canada.
John Webster of Young Life of Canada says this is the second year they have staged the event in the valley and they were excited to be coming back.
“We have been doing a bike ride for the last 10 years or more. What we did in the past was a ride from Jasper to Lake Louise,” said Webster. “Last year we had to change locations… we had a group of regular riders look at different places, so they landed on Drumheller.”
He says there are three distances for the riders to take on; 50, 100 and 180 kilometres.
The event is a fundraiser and each provincial area the program serves forms a team, and they all collect pledges for their ride. This year the riders raised over $110,000.
Webster says Young Life of Canada is similar to Big Brother or Big Sisters of Canada, in that it is mentorship based. They do have a Christian background.
Our mandate is to provide them with a positive and safe environment while introducing the gospel to those teenagers. If they don’t respond to the gospel, that is totally okay as well. We are a very inclusive group,” he said.
Their major program is for teens between the ages of 12 and 18, but they also work with unique groups, for example in Edmonton, they work with a group of students from China who are studying in Canada.
“We walk alongside teenagers every day, the funds we are raising is to enable our volunteers to be able to connect and continue to provide them with safe and positive alternatives.”
To learn more about Young Life of Canada, go to www.younglife.ca
We walk alongside teenagers every day, the funds we are raising ... provide them with safe and positive alternatives.” John Webster Young Life of Canada
The second annual Jurassic Fondo in benefit of Young Life Canada went on Saturday, September 7.