Ride United: Imam Mohamed Jebara cycling 360 km for kids

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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016


PEMBROKE - On Tuesday, April 26, Renfrew County welcomed Imam Mohamad Jebara as he cycled through our region for Ride United — a seven-day, 360-kilometre journey to raise funds for vulnerable kids. The funds raised will support United Ways in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties and their work to help kids be all that they can be.

In Renfrew County, 3,830 children live in poverty. A father of two young kids, Imam Mohamad Jebara wants to ensure all children in our community have support they need to succeed in life. “I know there are children in our communities who face challenges and I want to make a difference by helping them,” said Imam Jebara. “As one of the region’s faith leaders, I feel this is my role and my responsibility.”

Some youth in this region between the ages of 20 and 24 years old, did not have an opportunity to acquire a high school diploma or equivalent. With Imam Jebara’s support, funds raised through Ride United will provide critical programming including pre-school and after-school activities will help to enable children can succeed.

Along the way, Imam Jebara will meet with some of the incredible people supported through the work of United Ways in the regions. He will also meet with faith leaders in the region to call on them for additional support.

Imam Jebara kicked off his journey on April 23 and will cycle through Pembroke, Renfrew, Almonte and Carleton Place from Tuesday to Friday. He stopped in Pembroke on April 26 to meet children and youth at the Boys & Girls Club, as well as a Syrian Refugee sponsorship group and the family in Eganville; both of whom are supported by United Way. The Imam will travel through the Town of Renfrew on April 28 to meet with health and social service providers and then he continues on to Lanark County. On Friday, Imam Jebara will begin his journey to back to Ottawa.