-- A Toronto charity, Ride for Karen is an annual bike ride that has
raised more than $1.6 million to support kids with cancer --
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - More than 375 cycling enthusiasts from
across Ontario hit the roads north of Toronto on Sunday for the 10th annual Ride for Karen, a charity bike ride that has so far raised more
than $1.6 million to help send children with cancer to camp.
One of Ontario's top cycling events, Ride for Karen participants this
year raised more than $210,000. Scotiabank sponsored the Ride for
Karen, as part of its Scotiabank Bright Future community giving program, providing support and sponsorship for the
operation of the event.
"Every year hundreds of Ontarians, including a number of Scotiabank team
members, participate in the Ride for Karen to pay tribute to their
friends and family who have battled with cancer," says Philip Smith,
Managing Director, and Deputy Head of Global Investment Banking.
"Through our Scotiabank Bright Future community giving program we are proud to support the Ride for Karen,
whose tireless work enriches the lives of so many children with cancer
and the families who care for them."
Cycling enthusiasts Kirk and Kris Tobias started the charity after their
mother, Karen, passed away after 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
"Our mother was dedicated to improving hope for cancer patients, and the
Ride for Karen is a way to build this hope," says Kirk Tobias. "Ride
for Karen offers support for people who have been touched by the
disease, particularly children, which is why we raise money to give
them memorable experiences through recreational activities at camp.
Thanks to our presenting sponsor Scotiabank, we are proud that 100% of
the money raised every year goes to ensuring young cancer patients have
the opportunity to enjoy just being kids."
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
"The Ride for Karen is made possible with the support of Scotiabank and
the help from dozens of sponsors and volunteers. Whether it's the
local police from York, Peel, South Simcoe and the Ontario Provincial
Police who donate their time, or people making sandwiches and baking
cookies for participants, the help from the community truly makes this
a successful family event," says Tobias.
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 funds through pledges and many dedicated their ride
to a child or loved one affected by cancer. In 2011, 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. In the last decade, Ride for Karen has raised over $1.6
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 $44 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
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