Ride raises money for African aid

A mountain bike event later this month will provide money for humanitarian work in Ethiopia.

A mountain bike event later this month will provide money for humanitarian work in Ethiopia.

The fourth annual Test of Humanity mountain bike event will be held Sept. 21, beginning at 9 a.m.

The course can be accessed from Morrow Avenue.

Riders will range from beginning cyclists to members of the Canadian national team. Up to 200 cyclists will participate.

Sheilagh Seaton, who is organizing the event with her husband Nic, said last year’s event raised almost $50,000 for Canadian Humanitarian.

The money will help to build a school with a residence in Ethiopia. “It’s a good way for people to have fun and at the same time to help people overseas,” she said.

In addition, the event will collect contributions for the Summerland Food Bank.

Seaton, who teaches at Okanagan College, said the idea for the ride began when she took students from an economic development course to Ethiopia in 2009. After that trip, the Seatons looked for a way to help people in Ethiopia.

The day will begin with events for younger cyclists in the morning. Those from three to six years of age will ride half an hour of a half-kilometre loop. Cyclists from seven to 10 will ride one hour on a one-kilometre loop. Those from 11 to 15 will spend two-hours on a five-kilometre loop.

The main event, at 11:30 a.m., will have adult cyclists on a 10-kilometre loop for four hours.