Ride for Refuge

Welcome to Ride for Refuge 2022!

The Portal Youth Outreach Association is working hard to raise $20,000 to help Annapolis Valley youth who are experiencing hardships. 

Proceeds from Ride for Refuge will go toward Youth Outreach, Housing, Mental Health, Prevention and other programs that our youth benefit from daily. 

You can help us reach our goal in many ways including fundraising, donating, volunteering or sponsoring. See below to find out more!


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Saturday, October 1st 2022


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You can make a difference by fundraising individually, joining a team, or creating a team. Alternatively, you can simply fundraise without riding or walking. The choice is yours. Please click the link above to register and show your support in any way you can!

Consider donating to one of our many teams including those from:

Don't see your community represented? Be your town's representation!

We couldn't do what we do without great volunteers. 

Whether you're looking to earn some points on your resume, beef up your application to college/university or are looking to be involved but not ride or walk, we could always use your help in our many volunteer positions.

Our positions are listed here, and if you have any questions at all, our volunteer lead, Alison, would be pleased to answer them for you.

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors

The Portal is extremely grateful for the amazing support we've gotten from our sponsors year after year. If you have a business and would like to consider sponsoring The Portal for their Ride for Refuge event, contact Alison to discuss your options. 

Lead Sponsor for Kentville  $2000 +

Supporting Sponsor $1500 +

Rest Stop Sponsor  $1000 +

Distance Sponsor - $500 +

Event Sponsor - $500 +

Goods and Services Sponsor (non-financial)



cheerleaders | 4 needed

Welcome cheerleaders bring energy and excitement! Cheer participants as they set out on their walk and whoop and holler as they return. A great role for encouragers, energetic people, etc. Noisemakers welcome!

parking | 4 needed

Parking volunteers wear a welcoming smile and brightly colored safety vest. They assist drivers dropping off friends or looking for a place to park and direct participants towards the check-in desk.


set-up/tear-down crew | 3-4 needed

Crews are responsible for prepping, signing, setting up and tearing down the RIDE route. Duties include setting up RIDE directional/warning signs, rest station tables and tents as provided, and sweeping away stones and sand at intersections or corners to protect riders from sliding.


rest stop hosts | 4 needed

Rest Stop volunteers are responsible for setting up outdoor tables under a pre-approved awning or portico and setting up prepackaged snacks and drinks for walkers. 

route marshals | 8 needed

Your route marshals will be assigned to a corner or intersection by your route captain. They will hold a RIDE sign (we will provide), direct and encourage walkers, and let them know their current distance and if applicable how far to the rest stop.

example: "You're at the 2km mark now. Just 700 meters until the rest stop! You'll be turning right here and your rest stop will be on the right, just past the ______. You're doing great!"

support vehicle drivers & passengers | 4 needed

We need 2 support vehicles each with two people - a driver and a passenger.
They drive the routes in the same direction as the participants and are easily identified by RIDE car flags on their vehicle. They provide on-route support, carry minor first aid kits plus extra snacks and drinks, may be asked to pick up tired participants who can't make the full route.

*Support vehicle drivers must have a passenger to manage their cell phone, receive messages, and communicate to the driver on behalf of the event director.

ride rangers |

"Ride Rangers" patrol the parts of our routes that are on bike paths that can't be serviced by support vehicles. Volunteers are required to bring their own well-serviced bike to use, helmet and appropriate clothing and are expected to be on their bikes for up to 3 hours.


check-in | 4 needed

Check-In volunteers greet walkers warmly as they arrive, check their name off the participant list, applaud their fundraising, reward bikers/walkers who fundraised their minimum with a shirt, and recognize exceptional fundraising with gold $1K buttons for those who earned them. They are not responsible for handling any cash/cheques - the participants are encouraged to send donations straight to the Blue Sea Office.


medical support crew | 2 needed

The medical support crew addresses event day medical issues and emergencies. They are responsible for completing RIDE "Incident Report Forms" and communicating all injuries to the event director.


food team | 4 needed

The Food Team is responsible for preparing, serving, and cleaning up a simple celebration meal for all participants and volunteers, and manning the distribution of snacks and beverages to the to volunteers for the duration of the event. This year we will be serving chili with a vegetarian option and rolls. For dessert we will be serving a choice of apple crisp or blueberry crisp.

Tech Crew

tech support |

RIDE sites sometimes need the assistance of volunteers who are comfortable operating sound equipment, video projector and, gathering digital pictures onto a hard drive and providing the Event Director with a DVD copy.


photographer | 1-2 needed

Photographers capture the fun of RIDE Day on film! They take pictures of walkers, teams, check-in, rest stops, route, send-off, arrival, and farewell. Encourage them to take lots of close-up shots especially, and upload photos throughout the event.