The Rockies Ride for Kids Foundation, created under the umbrella of the Bow Valley Community Foundation, was established in May 2007. The goal of the Foundation is to assist less fortunate children in the Bow Valley, mainly the Alberta communities of Lake Louise, Banff, Canmore and Exshaw, gain access to organized sporting programs. Although the Bow Valley is perceived by many to be affluent, there are many families struggling to make ends meet financially and organized sporting activities are out of reach for their children. The creators of the Foundation, three Canmore residents, recognized an opportunity to create an endowment fund where assistance can be provided indefinitely to children in need.The main source of fundraising for the Foundation is through an annual bicycle ride affectionately called the Parade of Pain. This one day ride was inaugurated in 2007 with 22 participants cycling 235 km from Jasper to Lake Louise, Alberta along the breathtaking Columbia Icefields Parkway. Subsequent rides presented a variety of mountain cycling routes, all providing very challenging 200+ km rides in the Rockies. The 2012 ride will be a two-day 400km ride from Bow Summit, Alberta to Blue River, British Columbia. It will be the most challenging ride yet! To date, funds from the Foundation have been dispersed to support the Sunshine Adaptive Ski Program, the Bow Valley chapter of KidSport, Canmore Minor Soccer, the Canmore Illusions Gymnastics Club, Canmore Minor Hockey, the Rundle Mountain Cycling Club, the Canmore Cohos Swim Club and the Banff Alpine Racers. We continue to look for other beneficiaries where a direct and significant impact can be attained. More information can be found on the Bow Valley Community Foundation website (www.bowvalleycf.org
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