The Miles For Smiles Foundation and Survivors Helping Survivors are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the prevention of Child Abuse. With the Miles For Smiles NL Bike Ride, the goal was to raise funds for existing local agencies which provide services for victims of child abuse and/or sexual violence.
Bev Moore-Davis (Miles For Smiles Foundation, NL) and Andy Bhatti (Survivors Helping Survivors, BC) rode 903 kms on bicycles in Newfoundland from Port aux Basques to St. John’s (July 25 -August 8, 2015).
Actress Shannon Tweed-Simmons, along with her sister Sara, were on hand for the welcome home ceremony in St. John’s on August 8th. Proceeds from the bike ride were donated to two different organizations. Donations from Newfoundland and Labrador, were donated to Thrive, St. John’s. Thrive is an organization that focuses on marginalized youths. It is an umbrella organization that works with the community to address gaps in services, build community partnerships, increase awareness of existing programs and services and conduct outreach to our most challenged youths.
Donations from British Columbia, went to to Sophie’s Place, a Child Advocacy Centre in British Columbia. Sophie’s Place is an important agency that provides support for children that have experienced sexual abuse or assaults. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused in Canada before the age of sixteen and Sophie’s Place is one of the few agencies in Canada that provides support to thousands of these victims.