Background

Riding for Refugees

In early 2015, the refugee push out of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan via Turkey intensified and within a year, over a million refugees entered Europe via Greece - primarily by making the narrow sea crossing between Turkey and the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, and Samos.  Most of these refugees have moved on and the flow has nearly abated after Turkey and the European Union agreed in March 2016 to return most refugees making the crossing to Turkey.  Local Greeks valiantly assisted many refugees - 42% were women and children.  We wish to honor these Greeks, promote tourism on the islands, and raise funds for projects that help restore hope and dignity for refugees around the world.  Register for Ride for Refugees 2016 and pay here.    

 
refugees crossing from turkey to greece


refugees crossing from turkey to greece

Many Greeks helped refugees ashore


Many Greeks helped refugees ashore

many children are refugees


many children are refugees

refugee child appreciates a stuffed animal and hug


refugee child appreciates a stuffed animal and hug

most refugees have now left the greek islands and have continued their journey north through europe


most refugees have now left the greek islands and have continued their journey north through europe