A wild ride for BFO

At Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region, we are very fortunate to have many people who care deeply about the work we do. They support us through volunteering their time, making financial contributions and by being ambassadors – spreading the word about BFO-MR and our programs and services.

It’s a trifecta of awesomeness when someone checks all of those boxes and does so in such a creative and wonderful way!

Today we are thrilled to acknowledge Sandy McGinnis for her truly amazing support of BFO.

Sandy was recently trained as a peer support facilitator. Not long after she completed her training, and before she had even led a group, Sandy pitched to us a third-party fundraising idea – she wanted to ride her bike around Prince Edward Island and collect donations in support of our organization and in honour of her son.

To say that we were humbled is an understatement.

We quickly got a fundraising page set up for her, and in May she started her incredible 700km journey around PEI.

We loved receiving all the messages of support for Sandy that came through with folks’ donations. It was immediately apparent what an amazing and kind circle of support she has around her, and we were so grateful for everyone’s incredible generosity. Over $3,500 was raised through this fundraiser!

“It was a truly physical and mental journey at times, one where I questioned myself, my strength, my endurance, my overall capacity,” Sandy shared. “I was all alone, at times for hours.  I feel it’s more than a worthwhile experience; it has come to be a necessary part of my healing. Thank you for allowing me to support what I feel can be an integral part of healing for those folks who choose to reach out to BFO.”

Please join us in celebrating Sandy’s amazing accomplishment.

Interested in organizing a third-party fundraiser of your own? You can find out more here, or contact us to talk about your idea. We’d love to hear from you.