Riding for youth

South Surrey will play host to the National Bike Ride for Youth this week.

The outdoor community event – to be held Wednesday at the Rotary Fieldhouse in South Surrey Athletic Park, sponsored by National Bank – is in support of Free the Children, which helps children helping children through education.

“We’re encouraging people to make a donation. The goal is to raise $1 million across Canada,” Nancy Shewfelt, co-organizer of the event said.

The ride begins that morning Victoria, and is to end in Montreal Oct. 1.

Shewfelt said she’s not a cyclist but she’ll be riding 130 kilometres in support of the charity.

“It’s for a good cause – raising awareness for youth,” she said.

The National Bike Ride for Youth community awareness barbecue will be held from 2-5 p.m at the Rotary Fieldhouse, 14600 20 Ave. DJs will provide music and entertainment. Hamburgers and hot dogs are free of charge.