Rachel’s Ride for Rwanda returns to Derby Reach Park July 9

'If adults can do this, why can’t kids?' asks 13-year-old charity bike ride organizer

Rachel Fitz, 13, will host her annual Ride for Rwanda at Derby Reach Park on Saturday, July 9.

Rachel’s Ride for Rwanda will be back at Derby Reach Regional Park on July 9. The ride will once again benefit the Langley-based charity Wellspring Foundation’s work in Rwandan schools.

Rachel Fitz is a 13-year-old Surrey resident who, in the summer of 2014, initiated the first Rachel’s Ride for Rwanda fundraiser.

Rachel spent three years living in Rwanda with her parents, who were working with the Wellspring Foundation for Education.

When she returned home to Surrey, she wanted to do something to make a difference in the lives of Rwandan children, so she decided to organize a kids’ bike ride fundraiser.

“When we lived in Rwanda for three years, the children who walked by our house each day on their way to school had so little and I wished there was something I could do to help them,” said Rachel.

“When we moved back to Canada, I volunteered at Wellspring’s Lake2Lake — a bike race for adults to raise money for Rwandan schools. Then I thought, if adults can do this, why can’t kids?”

In June 2014, eight young riders cycled the Fort-to-Fort trail and raised $5,600 for Wellspring’s work in Rwandan schools. The next year, 59 riders, including 36 children, raised over $19,000.

Registration is now closed for the ride but anyone who wants to make a donation can do so at wellspring.ngo

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