The Ride for Refugees was started on a volunteer basis by John Gash of FaithQuest and Peter Clark of VisionQuest to serve individuals and organizations who wish to learn more about and respond actively to the global refugee crisis. They are motivated by the exhortation to "feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, visit the prisoner, and look after the needy." They love cycling and adventure. The Ride for Refugees is intended to serve others - to provide a fantastic, inspiring, educational experience, and also to act as a means for anyone who signs up to raise significant funding for their choice of projects serving refugees. The Ride welcomes all participants who share these goals. The Ride is staffed entirely by volunteers to ensure funds raised go directly to projects and organizations benefiting refugees. To secure your place in Ride for Refugees 2016, register and pay here.
The organizers have driven most of the route - and it is beautiful. Like nothing you have ever seen before.
You will be riding on lightly used roads on Lesvos, Chios, and Samos - along crystal clear water every shade of blue - through olive groves and lemon trees - a side of the Greek islands few visitors experience.
We will stay at idyllic places where you can connect with local culture and people.
For example, we will stay for two nights at a hotel on the harbor in Molyvos on the island of Lesvos (hotel is on the harbor on far left of the photo below). We will be in towns like Chios (see photo far below), on beaches, and in pristine local villages. From September 29 through October 9, 2016, you will forget about the rest of the world.