Canada 150 Bike Ride
The Celebrate Canada 150 Bike Ride is a self-supported and self-funded 5000km six province bike ride to celebrate the people and beauty of Canada.
The main riders are Ritchie and Caroline Hughes of Victoria BC. The family support team are sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Roger Craig of Brantford, ON.
Ritchie is a former Canadian Armed Forces member who has volunteered, supported and previously raised funds for cycling events including, Boomer’s Legacy, Soldier On and Wounded Warriors. He has personally seen how these programs can save the lives of those suffering from PTSD. “My motivation in getting help for people suffering from PTSD is a personal one. I believe that, if left untreated PTSD can have multigenerational negative impacts on families. I wonder if this was the case in my own family with two grandfather veterans of the WW1 who were both severely wounded. In those days, programs like the ones offered by Soldier On and Honour House did not exist. We are all lucky today that they do. The tricky part may be in getting our suffering heroes to take the first step and seek help”.
Honour House Society
Honour House Society is a refuge, a “home away from home” for members of our Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and Emergency Services Personnel and their families to stay, completely free of charge, while they are receiving medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area.
These brave individuals, along with their families, sacrifice so much on a daily basis to protect our freedom and our everyday way of life. Honour House allows us the opportunity to show them that we care and how much we appreciate all that they do for us.
Located on a quiet tree-lined street in New Westminster, Honour House is a beautiful, fully renovated heritage home with 10 private bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The house has a large shared kitchen, living room, a media room, sun rooms and many other common spaces. The house is fully modernised, is fully wheelchair accessible and is set in its own extensive and lovingly maintained grounds.
Honour house receives no direct funding and raises all of its operating costs through donations and fundraising. The house has one full time and one part time member of staff. Almost all of the work needed to keep Honour House running is carried out by our dedicated board of directors and our hard working team of volunteers, many of whom have served their country themselves.