ER Canada: Beacon of Light

Pierre and Sharon Roux traveled from South Africa all the way to Simcoe, Canada to share the incredible work they are doing with people living in settlements in their country. Pierre heads up ATAIM, a long-time ER partner operating near Cape Town and Beaufort West.

Every year, ER Canada holds an annual banquet to bring together community members to focus on meeting needs around the world. This year’s dinner, held in the lakeside town of Port Dover on Sept. 26, highlighted the theme “Beacons of Light”.

The banquet was well attended as 160 people gathered. Nearly $29,000 was raised to provide assistance to vulnerable people and give them hope for the future. Some of the funds will support the outreach work ATAIM does within the community of Beaufort West.

Pierre shared that his work with ER is more than a partnership. “It’s a relationship of personal encouragement, of support and of love. We don’t just come alongside with money, we come alongside as friends. The people in our area are understanding what ER Canada and ATAIM are trying to do.”

Learn more about ER Canada.

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Volunteers Construct Home, Donate Shoes in Ecuador

An ER Canada team recently traveled to Ecuador to serve with ER partner Casa de Dios. The team did much in a short period of time, including:

– Starting construction on a home for Cirilo, a local man who is partially blind from diabetes
– Distributing 150 pairs of shoes for school supplies
– Teaching sewing classes on machines the team brought with them

“Teams are so encouraging,” says ER’s Pete Emery. “Twenty-three youth and the guys from the team worked really hard through hot sun, rain and mud [on the house]. The shoes were a huge blessing, as shoes are very expensive here. The team brought sewing machines, and we hope this will help some ladies provide for their families, as there is little to no work for them.

“I thank each of the members that gave so much of their hearts and lifted this community up. Thank you ER Canada!”

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Bikers Roll to Help Vulnerable Kids

(June 23, 2018)

Extreme Response Canada hosted its third group bike ride in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. “Cycling 2 Change Lives” took place on the morning of Saturday, June 23. Riders chose from three different rides that all ended in Lions Park in Port Dover, followed by lunch.

Riders met early at Aitken Motors auto dealership in Simcoe, ignored the rain clouds and had a wonderful outing.

ER Canada president Linda Cripps said participants enjoyed a great morning and had a glorious day. Linda shared that she rode in memory of her late husband, Paul, who co-founded ER Canada. Together, Paul and Linda have made an huge impact in every region where ER serves.

Funds raised from the ride will support Extreme Response Canada, a humanitarian organization that comes to the aid of vulnerable women and children around the world by providing nutrition, educational assistance, skills training and encouragement.

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ER Canada Bikers Ride to Change the Lives

(Sept. 29, 2017)

Aitken Chevrolet in Simcoe, ON, was the gathering point for bikers who spent their Saturday morning riding to help at-risk people. Now in its second iteration, Cycling 2 Change Lives attracted more than two dozen riders who rode on behalf of ER Canada to help raise awareness and funds.

“We’re very grateful for the riders and volunteers who participated. Our bike outing is growing and we’re learning so much,” said ER Canada President Linda Cripps.

This year, riders had the choice to ride either 10k (6.2 miles) or 50k (31 miles) routes. Riders and volunteers enjoyed great weather, trails and camaraderie.

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(July 29, 2017 Update)

ER Canada has two fun-fueled events scheduled for September in Simcoe, Ontario, that you won’t want to miss.

First up is ER Canada’s annual banquet and fundraiser. On Thursday, Sept. 21, they will host “A Night of Thanksgiving”. The dinner event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be a night filled with laughter, food and unforgettable joy.

“We will be sharing stories of thanksgiving from around the world,” said Linda Cripps, ER Canada president.

“We’ll hear stories of changed lives from ER’s work in Africa, Asia and the Americas. ER and our partners are having tremendous impact among at-risk people, especially vulnerable women and children, living in impoverished communities on four continents.”

Two days later on Saturday, Sept. 23, ER Canada hosts its 2nd annual bike ride: “Cycling 2 Change Lives”. Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. to ride local trails.

Riders and sponsors are needed for the bike ride, which launched last year and received an enthusiastic response. Scroll below to read a recap of last year’s ride and banquet.

To sign up for either event, contact Linda Cripps at lcripps@extremeresponse.org.

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ER Canada Rocks; Dorothy, 93, Leads The Way

(Oct. 3, 2016)

Saturday, Oct. 1, was a huge day for Extreme Response Canada, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary, as nearly 200 people joined together for two events that built awareness and raised funds to help the poorest of the poor.

In the morning, ER Canada held a bike ride to benefit our Manilla Children’s Home. The idea was the brainchild of Danny Wong, who recently joined ER in order to help at-risk people in Asia. ER Canada president Linda Cripps quickly agreed. The proceeds would go to help the 10 boys who live at ER’s Manila Children’s Home. With 10 school-age boys eating four meals and two snacks daily, the needs are never-ending!

fullsizerender-4The morning bike race featured Dorothy, a 93-year-old with a heart of gold. Dorothy, along with two of her daughters, was one of the riders. She’s a resident of the local senior citizens center.

Dorothy raised funds from other residents of the center, along with her 11 children, 26 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren and two great-great grandkids.

Way to go, Dorothy!

Thanks for showing us you are never too old to help others.

In the evening, ER Canada gathered to celebrate at its annual banquet. The theme was “Doors Of Love, Hope and Opportunity”. Staff from ER International joined in to celebrate both 10 years of ER Canada and 20 years of Christmas parties in the Quito Dump (visit the ER Timeline).

They also looked ahead to the 2017 goals, which include providing more love, more hope and more opportunities to people living in extreme conditions in nine countries worldwide.