Participants in the Mission to Seafarers’ Cycle for Seafarers event all have two things in common: first and foremost, they recognize the importance of supporting crew who are integral to the West Coast’s maritime industry; and second, judging by the smiles captured during the day, everyone had a great time. The Cycle for Seafarers event is one of the key fundraising initiatives for the Mission and this year was no exception.
With upwards $40,000 raised toward the Mission’s work, about 90 riders from the local maritime industry enjoyed perfect weather and great fun in one of four routes, ranging in distance from expert-level 100km to the family-fun 15k. Four rest stops along the way – hosted by SAAM SMIT, Samson Tugs, BC Coast Pilots Ltd./Pacific Pilotage Authority and the Chamber of Shipping – provided much-needed refreshments and a break before the rest of the ride. Riders were also treated to a BBQ when they returned to the Mission.
Reverend Peter Smyth, Senior Chaplain for the Mission to Seafarers, was on hand to congratulate all riders and present prizes to the top two fundraisers – Romeo Rusan from Inchcape Shipping Services and Jane Dittrich, representing the Christ Church Cathedral & the Anglican Diocese Of New Westminster – as well as draw names for additional prizes provided by the community.
An event like this takes a lot of effort to organize and Reverend Smyth was quick to note the amazing support from the Cycle Organizing Committee – James Lawson, Bonnie Gee, Doug Towill, Don MacInnes, Gordon Yahn and Lori King – as well as many volunteers and staff at the Mission, especially those from St Michaels Multicultural Anglican Church in Vancouver which has a partnership with the Mission.
Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for August 22, 2020. Mission staff will be on hand at the Port of Vancouver’s World Maritime Day celebration at Canada Place on September 28, 2019 to answer questions on next year’s ride as well as how you can support the Mission year-round.