-- A Toronto charity, Ride for Karen is an annual bike ride that has
raised more than $1.8 million to support kids with cancer --
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Cyclists from across Ontario took to the
roads through valleys and farmlands north of Toronto on Sunday for the
11th annual Ride for Karen, a charity bike ride that has raised more than
$1.8 million to help send children with cancer to camp.
One of Ontario's premier cycling events, this year Ride for Karen
participants raised more than $200,000 for the cause and thanks to
Scotiabank's long standing support for the operation of the event Ride
for Karen organizers were once again able to donate all proceeds to
help send children with cancer to camp.
"For over a decade hundreds of cyclists, including many Scotiabankers,
have participated in the Ride for Karen to honour friends and family
affected by cancer," says Phil Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer of Global Banking & Markets at Scotiabank. "Through
our Scotiabank Bright Future philanthropic program we are proud to help
the Ride for Karen continue providing much-needed support to those
whose lives have been touched by cancer."
Cycling enthusiasts Kirk and Kris Tobias started the charity after their
mother, Karen, passed away following a five-year battle with breast
cancer in 2002. The idea for the Ride for Karen started when the
brothers got a few friends together for a long bike ride to clear their
heads after their loss.
"The truth is, everyone has a Karen. Even at the very end of her life,
our mother was dedicated to others. Karen wanted to improve the quality
of life of cancer patients by improving hope and the Ride for Karen is
a way to build this hope," says Kirk Tobias. "As a cancer patient, our
mom knew that hospitals were a hard place to spend a lot of time,
especially for a child, which is why Ride for Karen raises money to
give them memorable experiences through recreational activities at
camp. Kids deserve the opportunity to enjoy just being kids, and every
year we work hard to make this happen."
In Canada, approximately 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer each
year and another 10,000 are already living with cancer or its long-term
"Without the support of Scotiabank and the help from dozens of sponsors
and volunteers, Ride for Karen would not be possible. From the local
police of York, Peel, South Simcoe and the Ontario Provincial Police
who donate their time, to the generous volunteers making sandwiches and
baking cookies for participants, we are enormously thankful to all
involved. The support we receive from the community year after year
makes Ride for Karen the successful family event that it is," says
Ride for Karen featured a century (160km) ride for advanced riders,
100km ride for intermediate riders, 25km ride for recreational riders,
and a Kids Fun Ride for children 2-12 years of age.
Participants raised money to help send kids with cancer to camp and many
rode in memory of a child or loved one affected by cancer. In 2012, the
recipient charities are Camp Quality Canada, Camp Oochigeas and Camp
Trillium. For more information, please visit www.rideforkaren.com.
About Ride for Karen
Started in 2002, Ride for Karen is an annual cycling event that is held
as a tribute to the life and legacy of Karen Tobias and to raise money
for charities that help people living with cancer, and those who care
for them. Over the past eleven years, Ride for Karen has raised over
$1.8 million which has been used to help build and furnish new cancer
care facilities, provide much needed resources for cancer support
centres and send kids with cancer to camp.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations
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