JDRF sets $5M goal for 27th Revolution Ride

Stationary cycling event at Dundas Square one of 19 across Canada

Shannon Carkner,JDRF's regional director for central Canada at the Revolutionary Ride on Yonge-Dundas Square.
Shannon Carkner, JDRF’s regional director for central Canada, said the organization was expecting a great turn out this year.  (Cavel Brown/toronto observer)

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) held its 27th Revolution Ride today with a goal of raising $5 million today.

“Our goal is $5 million and we wanna get our name and brand out there. In the past we’ve come very close to [the goal] and we’re very optimistic this year,” said Shannon Carkner JDRF’s regional director for central Canada . ”

In Toronto the event was held at Yonge-Dundas Square. This was Carkner’s first time at a ride in Toronto. She said she was looking for great energy and excitement when the even started.

“We have 2,000 riders participating today. We usually have some walk-ups so we think we’re gonna hit 3,000,” she said.

A volunteer from Scotiabank participating in the JDRF Revolution Ride on Friday September 30.
A volunteer from Scotiabank participates in the JDRF Revolution Ride on Sept. 30. (Cavel Brown/Toronto observer)

Bike rides were held in 19 cities in Canada. The event takes place outside with stationary bicycles. It annually raises money that goes toward finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Riders from various groups were in attendance. Three financial institutions had volunteers representing them: Scotiabank wearing red, RBC in blue and TD in green.

The bike ride continued throughout the day until 5 p.m.