On a gusty Sunday morning, March 17, 2009, Evan Sheldrake hit the road with his family for the very first Evan’s Ride for Autism. In attendance was Evan’s great-grandfather, 95 year-old Joe James, who choked up as Evan started his ride. The ride raised nearly $9000 for autism services in Niagara. And Evan’s been riding strong ever since!
2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of that first ride. During it’s first 9 years, Evan’s Ride has raised over $130,000 and has helped in the introduction and continuation of skills development, family support, socialization and camp programs supporting hundreds of children and families living with the challenges of autism spectrum disorder. It has also helped to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder throughout Niagara.
From the beginning, Evan’s Ride has had a community of supporters – sponsors, riders and donors – who have gone the extra mile (pun intended!) to make this event a success and we have welcomed many more supporters over the years. Evan’s Ride could never have got this far without them. Our celebration of the Ride is, in every way, a celebration of them.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary milestone, we’ve revamped this website. We hope you’ll find it easier to navigate and welcome your comments on our new look.
We’ve also introduced a special 10th anniversary edition of the Evan’s Ride logo. You’ll be seeing it a lot over the next few months as we get ready for this very special ride.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor click here.
We look forward to seeing our old friends and welcoming many new ones!