Ride for Refuge

Gear Up for the Ride for Refuge 2013

It’s time to build our ESTN Ride for Refuge teams!

Would you help turn a fun bike ride into an event that transforms lives?

The Ride for Refuge is a cycling fundraiser that supports over 165 charitable partners who in turn support thousands more who are displaced, vulnerable or exploited – refugees, orphans, widows, street kids, the urban poor, homeless, victims of human trafficking – the list is extensive. This fall, thousands of other riders and volunteers in Canada and the USA will raise $1,000,000 for some of the most marginalized people in our world. End Slavery Tennessee is once again one of the charities benefiting this year, and the funds we raise through our team will go directly to caring for the victims we’re privileged to serve and support.

By riding, jogging, walking, volunteering, or just fundraising, you can help End Slavery TN with:

  • Hiring a human trafficking survivor: someone well along the road to recovery to mentor new rescues, facilitate prevention groups with the most vulnerable girls and advise us in our work
  • Prevention: Empower young people to avoid falling prey to a trafficker’s traps. Intensive work with especially vulnerable girls and adding a program for boys. Resourcing church leaders to work in their church and community.
  • Victim Aid for the survivors we serve: from the immediate and urgent like food, clothing, medical attention and safe shelter to the long term, like job skills, counseling and legal aid. Some needs are large; help getting a reliable car so they can work or getting a home of their own furnished, covering initial rent and deposits while they get on their feet, or transportation to get a child to a shelter and away from a bad home situation.

These are just a handful examples out of many. Our services are available to all human trafficking survivors in Middle Tennessee: Adults and minors; foreign nationals and US citizens; victims of labor, service or sex trafficking.

The ride is October 12 at The Donelson Fellowship Church (3210 McGavock Pike, Nashville), and we’ll have free bicycle rentals available if you want to ride but don’t have a bike. No excuses ;-)

Would you help us help them? Come join in the fun (and sweat) by clicking on the link below:

http://rideforrefuge.org/partner/endslaverytennessee

Please contact Jana (contact info on the poster) if you have questions, and we hope to see you on our team!

Note: if you don't want to join, or even if you do, please consider donating to sponsor a rider or team. We do a LOT with a little. 

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Ride for Refuge 2012

The morning of the Nashville Ride for Refuge dawned rainy and gray, but the weather didn't get us down!  My girls were so eager to Ride, even though it was COLD.  Watching all of the Riders line up and then take off in groups was very exciting!  With the last of the 8 mile group on their way, my two big girls on bikes, and my toddler, hitching a ride in the jogging stroller pushed by my husband Will, brought up the rear.  I enjoyed doing registration with Karen Karpinski and Dana Montgomery and greeting all of the riders was one of the highlights of my morning as I put faces with names that I'd seen on the Nashville Ride for Refuge website for the last few months.

My family enjoyed doing the first mile together, and then I went and picked up the two little girls so that my husband and oldest daughter could continue the Ride.  They went on to finish the ENTIRE 8 mile route!  When she came back inside, my 10-year-old looked about ready to fall over, but she was SO proud of herself (and so were we!).  It was such a confidence boosting experience for her and the little girls had a great time playing and eating yummy snacks donated by wonderful volunteers!

I've been volunteering with End Slavery TN for about 9 months and have wanted to involve my girls in this amazing abolition work, but have had to be careful as well because the issues around slavery can be graphic and disturbing.  The Ride for Refuge was the perfect event for a family wanting to do abolition work together, no matter the age!  There was something for everyone, whether it was participating in the Ride itself, helping with registration, food, set-up, trail side cheerleaders handing out snacks and water, you name it!

Ride Day was an amazing and fun morning with fabulous people who care deeply for the vulnerable, exploited, and displaced among us here in Middle Tennessee.  Being with such a group was a blessing for our family.  The fundraising leading up to the Ride was also a faith building experience.  Sixty-seven sponsors from all over the country sponsored my daughters.  They shared messages of love and support with my family and for the girls my girls were striving to serve--Girls helping Girls!  It was a grand circle of love and hope that touched my heart and showed me "that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” We loved doing the Ride and hope to make it a family tradition!

With Gratitude, The Will and Christy Grigg Family