With the wide-spread closures and cancellations that have affected all areas of sport and recreation, the 10th edition of the Wheels for Darling Homes charity ride was in jeopardy.
A swerve to a virtual edition of the Wheels ride not only saved the event but it was a massive success with people quickly latching onto the idea of a virtual ride. So far the event has seen over $90,000 raised in support of the Darling Home for Kids.
Events and Sponsorship Lead at the Darling Home for Kids Nicole Walker told the Ontario Cycling Association that the support they received meant a lot.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone that supported the 10th annual Wheels event presented by Mattamy Homes. While it was not the event we imagined when we started planning our 10th annual celebration, we were overjoyed at the community that came together to Keep Wheels Moving.”
Situated on 77 acres in Milton, Ontario, the Darling Home for Kids provides high quality respite, residential and hospice palliative care services for children who are medically complex, many of whom suffer from progressive illness. Designed and built to be a home away from home, The Darling Home for Kids has 7 bedrooms and can accommodate 12 children for overnight respite, palliative and residential care. Additional children and families can receive service through day programs and community outreach services.
Walker said that the event was supported by a wide range of people involved in the Darling Home for Kids.
“The virtual Wheels event saw teams from our Volunteers, Board of Directors, Care Team (nurses and personal support workers at the Home), local schools/ businesses and so much more. Many people came together to Keep Wheels Moving for The Darling Home for Kids and we certainly felt the love and compassion from all those who participated….Participants spent weeks sharing fundraising pages with friends and colleagues, raising over $90,000 towards The Embrace Campaign at The Darling Home for Kids! The proceeds will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by Orlando Corporation and will help us build more space for the moments that matter.”
While they do plan on getting the event back on the road next year, Walker said that they will add a virtual component.
“In 2021, we look forward to getting back on the road together as a group, riding through the scenic roads of the Niagara Escarpment while also welcoming those that aren’t able to join us in person. This year has showed us that there are so many people who want to help our Home and we look forward to continuing the success in 2021.”
For more information about The Embrace Campaign, please visit www.darlinghomeforkids.ca/TheEmbraceCampaign