Bikers and fundraisers prepare for the start of the fifth annual Rachel’s Ride for Rwanda (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Langley bike ride raises funds to support Rwandan Education

A Surrey 16-year-old hosted the fifth annual fundraising bike ride.

Rachel’s Ride for Rwanda 2018 has raised $25,000.

The June 23 ride in North Langley was the fifth time people hopped on their bikes to raise funds for education in Rwanda.

The community bike ride began at Derby Reach Regional park and went along the Fort-to-Fort Trail.

It’s an impressive sum considering Rachel is 16-year-old Rachel Fitz.

She started the ride when she was 11.

“The first year we had eight riders and we’re excited that this could keep going,” she said.

The largest turnout so far took part, with 87 riders doing one of two routes.

After her family lived in Rwanda doing missionary work, she decided she wanted to continue helping the people there.

“I lived there for three years, and this past February we were back there to see how the money we raised is changing the educational system,” Fitz said.

The funds go to the Wellspring Foundation, a Langley-based Christian charity doing work in the African nation.

READ MORE: Teen sees first-hand impact of fundraising efforts in Rwanda

Keith Reed and his family took part for a few reasons.

“It’s certainly a worthy cause,” he said. “We support a missionary family through the same organization.… and it teaches our kids to fundraise for important causes.”

This year’s amount pushes the five-year total near $100,000.


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Hailey Reed, five, took part in Rachel’s Ride for Rwanda the first time. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

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