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Maria Geleynse
Amount Raised
$780.00
Goal $1,000.00

My Message

“Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.” — Khaled Hosseini

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“How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves.”
— Anne Frank

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“It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.” – Dina Nayeri

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I ride because I happen to have been born in a “safer room”.  I ride because refugees are my neighbours, colleagues, community leaders, politicians, and friends. 

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My funds raised for the Ride will go to COMPASS Refugee Centre in Kitchener.  I’ve had the privilege of working with the dedicated team at COMPASS in the past and have seen how vitally important their work is.  COMPASS walks alongside and supports refugee claimants – those who somehow make their way to Canada and make a claim for protection upon arrival.  Of the various categories of refugees, refugee claimants arrive with the fewest supports and resources available to them, and face a complex and stressful claim process.

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COMPASS plays a critical role in helping people navigate through this complex process (and beyond).  COMPASS receives no government funding, and relies entirely on private donations, church donations, and grants to run.

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The number of forcibly displaced people in the world continues to rise, and has surpassed 82.4 million.  That’s a staggering figure.  The need for refuge is very real.  Please consider teaming up with me to do a small part in raising support for “ordinary” people who have found themselves thrown into extraordinary circumstances.  Join me and RIDE or WALK (or do something else creative!) on October 2nd, or consider sponsoring me financially – Make a few easy clicks to make a very real difference!

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Thank you for your support!

#ride21

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P.S. This year I will also be doing the Ride along with a team from my choir, DaCapo Chamber Choir, as a wrap-up to our three-year Road to Refugee series -- the final concert of which was scheduled for May 2020, and which we've been unable to perform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Ride will have the additional meaning this year of capping off our Road to Refuge themed choral series of the past few years together.

Event Date
Oct 2, 2021 12:00 AM
Location Name
COMPASS Refugee Centre

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My Supporters

Shelley C. left a message
Sep 29, 2021 10:20 PM
Thank you so much for riding for COMPASS!!
Massimo Guida donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 18, 2021 7:36 PM
John and Melanie Geleynse donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 18, 2021 2:56 PM
John and Melanie Geleynse left a message
Sep 18, 2021 2:54 PM
Powerful message. You go, girl!
C left a message
Sep 17, 2021 7:40 PM
Have a great ride, Maria! Love you!
C& I Geleynse donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 17, 2021 7:40 PM
Friend of the RIDE! donated $50.00
Sep 15, 2021 9:07 PM
Martinus Geleynse donated $100.00
Sep 8, 2021 2:49 PM
Friend of the RIDE! donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 7, 2021 3:37 PM