Fondo tours val­ley for youth char­ity

The Drumheller Mail - - Sports - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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

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The sec­ond an­nual Jurassic Fondo in ben­e­fit of Young Life Canada went on Satur­day, Septem­ber 7.

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