MCC festival, ride raise nearly $2 million

Funds will go toward charity efforts around the world

Participants at the MCC Pedaling for Hope Cyclathon.

by Laura Rodgers, Abbotsford News

The Mennonite Central Committee BC’s Festival for World Relief and Pedaling for Hope Cyclathon together raised nearly two million dollars for the group’s humanitarian efforts worldwide.

The festival, an annual two-day event at Tradex on Sept. 18 and 19, raised nearly $700,000 and counting for a variety of MCC charitable projects. Over 20,000 people attended.

A highlight from the festival was the bread auction, an MCC tradition in which local donors bid on a specially prepared loaf of bread. This year, round multigrain loaf went for $157,000.

Wayne Bremner, MCC BC’s executive director, explained the bread’s symbolism demonstrates MCC’s effort to feed the hungry all over the world, directly motivated by faith.

“Friends of MCC take it upon themselves, and challenge their friends to give,” Bremner said. “They say, ‘this is the bread of life.’

Other items on auction this year included a VIP BC Lions football package, a vacation package from Fraser Valley RV, and a private performance from acclaimed violinist Rosemary Siemens. The festival also raised money through a multicultural food fair, gift sales, and a donation booth.

The Pedaling for Hope Cyclathon, a charity bike ride on Sept. 19, brought in over $1 million to help refugees from Syria who are now living in Lebanon. Over 115 cyclists participated, choosing either a 20 km or 50 km course and collecting pledges from friends and family. These pledges netted $130,000, but another $100,000 was matched by “a group of MCC friends,” and that collective total of $230,000 was matched four times over by federal grant to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Funds from the Cyclathon will provide food vouchers to 5800 Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon, as well as nutrition and health education.

“It’s all done to support MCC’s work, locally and internationally,” Bremner said. explaining that the event’s theme this year was helping uprooted and vulnerable people around the world. There are nearly 60 million displaced people all over the world.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Thieves hit Mission store twice in six days

$50,000 worth of merchandise taken from Prospect Equipment, theft captured on security video

Bateman Timberwolves lose in quarter-finals

No Abbotsford teams left standing as provincial championship draws closer

VIDEO: Highstreet Shopping Centre lights up Christmas tree

Highlights from the annual event on Saturday at the outdoor mall in Abbotsford

PHOTOS: Eagles return to the Fraser Valley

The 2019 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival provided a chance to see eagles following spawning salmon

Abbotsford pets of Instagram: Todd and Sophie

Learn more about the popular duo of boxers who have developed online fame

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Duncan man gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty trial

Joe also gets lifetime ban on owning animals

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex-boyfriend for $2,000

After the two broke up, documents state, they agree to share custody of the dog, named Harlen

Most Read