Love Your Neighbour Campaign - Virtual Bike Across Canada

Our story begins in 2016 when we hired Baha to come work for us. We committed at that time to love him, his wife Ola and their 3 children as our neighbours.

 

Their story began on the 25th of April 2011 when their city of Deraa became surrounded by the Syrian army. Their water, electricity, food and medication were cut off from them. On May 5th, 2011 their house was destroyed and their car run over by tanks. The Bakhash family spent 2 years moving around the city searching for a refuge they could not find.

 

Daily bombing and air strikes within the city lead them to a decision to make a difficult journey to Jordan where they became refugees on February 10th 2013. Conditions in the camp were not entirely better than their prior conditions. Although no daily threat from bombing, there was still not enough blankets, medication, food or clean water. Developing health concerns due to the poor condition the Bakhash family decided once again to escape.

 

Now living in a village called Natfeh, the Bakhash family is treated as criminals due to their refugee status. School and work are hard and friends for Ola's brothers (21 & 13) are impossible.

 

In 2016 Baha and Ola were granted a government sponsorship and were able to come to Canada and start living their life. Their children are growing and thriving and happy, but they have left the rest of Ola's family back in Jordan where they struggle daily.

 

On our mission to loving our neighbours, we have committed to sponsoring Ola's mother, father and 2 brothers who are stranded in Jordan waiting and hoping to restart the rest of their lives in Canada.

 

So, how can you help?

  1. Sponsor a team:
    • We are setting up teams that will bike the distance of Canada as a combined effort over the first 6 months of the year. That's 6000 kms, or 33km/day. Sponsor them once, or throughout the journey as they meet milestones.
  2. Cheer on a team:
    • Our daughter Madison and her friend Erin (both 12 years old) are committed to biking the distance but could use some encouragement. Share their progress with friends and family, or send them encouragement notes,
  3. Create your own team:
    • The more the merrier. Create your own team, the more members, the less effort, but also the more connections for raising the funds. It's a win/win/win situation. Reach out if you're interested.
  4. Follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loveyourneighbourfundraiser

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51 supporters view all

$11,425 raised of $62,000 goal

2 months, 2 weeks to go
Fundraiser Ends July 1, 2021
Date Donor Name Charity Name Amount
April 16, 2021, 7:41 p.m. Frank and Marlene Hoekstra Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Way to go, Madi and Erin! Keep up the great work for a great cause! We’re proud of you girls!
April 3, 2021, 3:30 p.m. Erin Coccimiglio Fellowship Bible Church $25.00
April 2, 2021, 9:43 p.m. Ron and Karen DeBoer Fellowship Bible Church $150.00
Yay, Madi and Erin! You are doing such an important thing. We’re praying that Baha and Ola may be reunited with their family.
March 31, 2021, 5:12 p.m. Marissa Cain Fellowship Bible Church $50.00
Erin and Madi you are inspiring! I have no doubt you will reach your biking goals, you can do it! From Mrs. Cain
March 31, 2021, 7:53 a.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $850.00
You guys are doing good things! Thanks for spreading the love of Jesus : )
March 30, 2021, 1:50 p.m. Paul Ming Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Way to go Team Jeff
March 30, 2021, 10:39 a.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $200.00
March 30, 2021, 6:25 a.m. Jeff Van Gyssel Fellowship Bible Church $250.00
Thanks Mike for the Pie
March 26, 2021, 2:37 p.m. Priscilla machado Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
March 24, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Jeremy HEYER Fellowship Bible Church $250.00
Looking forward to getting my free pie!
March 23, 2021, 9:57 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $20.00
What a worthy cause. I am happy to support. Way to go Erin J. So very happy to know you!
March 18, 2021, 5:24 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Feb. 20, 2021, 9:03 p.m. Theresa Scholten Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Way to go Big Dreams.............Jeff, Madi and Erin Happy Biking??
Feb. 19, 2021, 4:25 p.m. Tri-Electric Solutions Ltd Fellowship Bible Church $1,000.00
Feb. 19, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Electrical Contractors Association of Central Ontario (ECACO) Fellowship Bible Church $2,000.00
Feb. 14, 2021, 11:34 a.m. Kristopher Braun Fellowship Bible Church $150.00
Keep it up, Madi and Erin! Bet your legs, hearts and lungs have settled in by now. Thank you for riding for the Bakhash family!
Feb. 5, 2021, 9:48 p.m. Noufa Alibrahim Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Feb. 4, 2021, 1:54 p.m. Barbara Bedford Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Thank you for help Baha and Ola bring their family to Canada. May God be with you. barb
Feb. 3, 2021, 7:51 a.m. Anita Davis Fellowship Bible Church $500.00
To Ola and Behar: Best Wishes wth fundraising. I hope this will help. Anita
Feb. 2, 2021, 3:06 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $500.00
Keep Calm and Peddle On!!!!
Jan. 24, 2021, 12:59 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $1,000.00
Jan. 23, 2021, 7:41 p.m. Rick Hoekstra Fellowship Bible Church $50.00
Go girls!
Jan. 23, 2021, 11:41 a.m. John Kuepfer Fellowship Bible Church $500.00
Thanks for the invitation to be a part of this great campaign.
Jan. 21, 2021, 8:51 a.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 21, 2021, 8:14 a.m. Dan Puklicz Fellowship Bible Church $750.00
Thanks so much for your willingness to show love to your neighbor in this way.
Jan. 20, 2021, 9:55 a.m. Live Electric Fellowship Bible Church $50.00
Jan. 17, 2021, 1:12 p.m. Carolyn Heyer Fellowship Bible Church $300.00
Go team 'call the cab'.
Jan. 16, 2021, 10:37 a.m. Carolyn Jantzi Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 16, 2021, 10:37 a.m. Carolyn Jantzi Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 16, 2021, 8:57 a.m. Sharon Heyer Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 16, 2021, 7:31 a.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $150.00
Jan. 13, 2021, 9:15 p.m. Joyce Chamas Fellowship Bible Church $30.00
Jan. 13, 2021, 9:12 p.m. Amneh al-omari Fellowship Bible Church $300.00
Praying for you and the family to be united as soon as possible. God bless!
Jan. 13, 2021, 6:40 p.m. Betty Bults Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
What a great cause, girls! So proud of you!
Jan. 12, 2021, 7:46 p.m. Julian Howatt Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 12, 2021, 5:32 p.m. Carol Wall Fellowship Bible Church $50.00
Jan. 12, 2021, 5:26 p.m. Ali Abu Zeid Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 12, 2021, 8:43 a.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 11, 2021, 3:41 p.m. Anita Hoekstra Fellowship Bible Church $50.00
Jan. 11, 2021, 12:15 p.m. Elaine Stevens Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 11, 2021, 9:13 a.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $50.00
Jan. 10, 2021, 10:26 p.m. Thabit Alomari Fellowship Bible Church $50.00
Jan. 10, 2021, 8:20 a.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $20.00
Jan. 9, 2021, 11:07 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $20.00
Jan. 9, 2021, 9:46 p.m. Jennifer Brink Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
So much love, Jeff and Madi! We'll be praying for all you guys and this family! :)
Jan. 9, 2021, 8:10 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $20.00
What an amazing thing to do, great job girls.
Jan. 9, 2021, 7:17 p.m. Jack and Kelly Bolding Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Way to go girls!
Jan. 7, 2021, 9:49 p.m. shawna mueller shawna mueller Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
Jan. 5, 2021, 10:14 a.m. Hilda Van Gyssel Fellowship Bible Church $100.00
We wish Madi and Erin great success with this virtual trip across Canada to raise money for Baha and Ola's family!! Keep on biking!
Jan. 3, 2021, 8:12 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $20.00
Amazing idea!! Wishing you all the best for all those km’s to cover!!
Jan. 2, 2021, 9:29 p.m. Anonymous Fellowship Bible Church $70.00