Father’s Day Brings Heartwarming P2P Fundraising Stories

Newspapers across Canada used Father’s Day as a hook for telling heartwarming father-son stories — and peer-to-peer fundraising played a central role in a number of these stories.

We were inspired to see the story of Andrew Sedmihradsky, who is undertaking a 600-km ride from Ottawa to Hamilton with his 4-year-old son, Max, riding in the front hold of his bike.

The 11-day ride, dubbed Max’s Big Ride, will raise money for Jesse‚Äôs Journey, a Canadian charity that funds research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal muscle-wasting disease. The Ottawa Citizen reports that more than $33,000 has already been pledged for the ride.

We were also touched by the story of Kris Steed, who took part in the recent Ride to Conquer Cancer for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Kris rode in honor of his father, Paul, who died in January after a battle with skin cancer.

Stories like these show the deeply personal commitment that so many of our fundraisers bring to their work on behalf of Canadian charities.