Men of Hope ride to stop in Abbotsford

The cycling trip is a fundraiser for Sophie's Place in Surrey and raises awareness of childhood sexual abuse.

A 525-kilometre cycling trip to raise funds for Sophie’s Place – a Surrey facility for abused children – stops in Abbotsford on Thursday.

The Men of Hope’s Ride for Reason will be at Abbey Road restaurant (1851 Sumas Way) at about 6 or 7 p.m.

The public is invited to drop by any time after 5 p.m. to participate in draws and a silent auction to raise funds for the cause.

Aldergrove’s Andy Bhatti left from Vernon yesterday (Monday) and will ride through various communities en route to the dinner gala on Saturday at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Several fundraisers will be held along the way, with all proceeds going to Sophie’s Place — named for Sophie Simmons, the daughter of KISS rock star Gene Simmons.

Bhatti is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and is participating in the ride to raise awareness and funds. To buy tickets to the gala or to donate, call 604-591-5903. For more information about Men of Hope, visit menofhope.ca.

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