PHOTOS & VIDEO: Riders scattered in all directions around Fort Langley Saturday morning

Reliant solely on community donations, Langley Source Food Bank counts on today’s Ride for Refuge.

It looked like a disorganized scramble on the part of dozens and dozens of cyclists, as they pedalled feverishly exiting the Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church parking lot Saturday morning, all going in different directions.

But it turns out, it was anything but disorganized.

It was actually a unity of sorts, with close to a hundred riders coming together in the village this weekend to help feed those faced with hunger in Langley.

It was the Ride for Refuge, and it was a national fundraiser that saw local funds directed to the Langley Sources Food Bank.

This event was all about raising awareness about poverty, said Jaye Murray, Sources’ program manager.

“The Ride for Refuge creates awareness in the community, especially for those who are unaware that SLFB is here supporting community members,” he said. “As a low-barrier food bank, everyone who needs our support receives our services. We are the recognized food bank for the Langley region and we are in the area at the request of Food Banks BC.”

Each week, more than 600 people come to Sources Langley Food Bank for support, that’s low-income community members living in the Township (including Aldergrove) as well as the City. Murray explained.

Sources provides more than food, they also distribute household and personal items, such as diapers and formula for babies, fresh produce in the summer, as well as school supplies and snacks for school lunches.

This weekend’s ride, organizers say, is an experiential event that is designed to give participants a very small taste of what it’s like to be seeking refuge. It’s designed to be challenging – both in distance travelled and weather endured.

The local event included a 5-km walk, plus numerous cycling routes varying from 10 to 50 km through the village and out into the northern roads and paths of Langley.

As of Saturday afternoon, as the ride day was wrapping up, the Langley ride apparently had raised 78 per cent of its $5,000 goal, coming in at $3,929. But this number can be expected to grow, because online, the ride only had 16 cyclists participating, all with the Hungry Pedalers team captained by Denise Darrell. Well, in fact, there were dozens and dozens of other cyclists on the roads today.

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