Two local groups bring the Ride for Refuge fundraisers to Alberta

Burnt Thicket Theatre and Raise Their Voice will hold two cycling events in Red Deer (Oct 1) and Calgary (Oct 15) to raise funds for the “She Has A Name” 2012 North American Tour and for displaced, vulnerable and exploited Canadians.
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Sept. 21, 2011 - PRLog -- Calgary & Red Deer, Alberta (September 21, 2011) – Burnt Thicket Theatre (BTT) and Raise Their Voice (RTV) are bringing two Ride for Refuge (RFR)  bicycling events to Alberta this fall. Following on the heels of their successful IndieGoGo social media-based fundraising campaign for the 2012 North American tour of She Has A Name, the two bicycle events are scheduled for October 1 in Red Deer and October 15 in Calgary.

“Our IndieGoGo campaign was an overwhelming success. We raised $10,500, surpassing our original objective of $10,000,” says playwright Andrew Kooman. “It really gives us momentum as we work to secure finances to hire our actors and production crew.”

Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling fundraiser that supports those who are displaced, vulnerable and exploited. BTT and RTV are organizing the first ever RFR events in Alberta. RFR has existed since 2004 and now occurs in 30 cities across North America.

October 1 will see both 20km & 70km rides in the Red Deer area at Gull Lake. Hans Doef, a local bike enthusiast who has a bike shop in Gull Lake is volunteering to help arrange the local event.

“He organized a RFR event in Vancouver several years ago that was a huge success and his expertise will be invaluable to us,” says Kooman.

Grateful for Doef’s help, BTT and RTV are also planning a 10km and 25km ride in Calgary on October 15, downtown along the scenic Bow River. “Our goal is to raise $15,000 at each ride and to have people ride in each city where the play will tour,” explains Stephen Waldschmidt, director of the 2011 world premiere of She Has a Name.

“We're looking for people to ride with us, form their own teams, or join the teams already created. ivarc It's easy to sign up online, and each event includes a lunch after the Ride. Our goal is to have 60 people, each raising $250 in pledge money to meet our $15,000 goal in each city,” says Waldschmidt.

Kooman adds, “They will be great days to ride on behalf of the oppressed, and to raise money for the She Has a Name tour, which we see as an effective means to build the movement to end the injustice of child sex slavery and human trafficking, globally.”

Donations to BTT given through the Ride are split as follows: 70% to the She Has a Name tour, 8% to International Teams’ work of meeting the needs of poor and oppressed women, children and refugees, and the remainder to cover event expenses.

BTT and RTV plan to stage She Has a Name across Canada and in select cities in the United States, including stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Grand Rapids and New York among other locations. Riders to support the play are also being sought in eight of these cities where local Ride for Refuge events are being held.

In addition to the IndieGoGo and Ride for Refuge fundraising campaigns, BTT and RTV are using a multi-faceted approach that includes corporate sponsorship, private donations, gifts in kind and other special events to raise the necessary funds to bring the production to 13 North America cities from April to October 2012.

To sign up to ride for or give to She Has A Name go to:
For more information about the Red Deer Ride, visit:
For more about the Calgary Ride, see:
For more about the She Has A Name 2012 Tour, visit:

About Raise Their Voice
With a heart for the oppressed and a mind committed to action, Raise Their Voice, uses story, song, film and practical acts of mercy to address the plight of the oppressed and relieve suffering. Raise Their Voice is incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act.
About Burnt Thicket Theatre            
Burnt Thicket Theatre is an emerging Alberta company committed to enliven [restore life to] audiences through original performance, via an ensemble of artists seeking to integrate spiritual and artistic practices in the creation of new theatre works. In partnership with Raise Their Voice, Burnt Thicket Theatre recently produced the world premiere of She Has a Name in Calgary and Red Deer, which enjoyed critical acclaim and sold out audiences every performance in its three-week run.

About Ride For Refuge
The Ride for Refuge (RIDE), is a family-friendly cycling fundraiser that supports those who are displaced, vulnerable and exploited. Started in 2004 as a small local fundraiser with 25 cyclists raising money for refugees, the RIDE has grown to a multi-site event in cities across the US and Canada. Each year, thousands of riders fundraise in support of refugees, orphans, homeless people, victims of human trafficking and related approved programs. In 2010 the RIDE brought in $980,000!


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