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Once again Rotarians came together, this time  organizing a charitable motorcycle ride, in support an organization doing good work in and around out community.   You Can Ride 2 is charity that customizes bicycles for special needs kids. Even kids unable to walk can learn to ride a bike specifically adapted for them This one thing can have a major impact on these children and their families.  This inaugural “Rotary Ride for You Can Ride 2” started in Spruce Grove and ended at the Goodwill Impact Centre in west Edmonton.  A 250km scenic tour of Sturgeon, Lac Ste. Anne, and Parkland counties.  Rotary raised over $6500 for You Can Ride 2.  
 
On August 8, the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove is proud to host the inaugural "Rotary Ride for You Can Ride 2".  It's a motorcycle ride and poker run that starts in Spruce Grove, winds its way west and then ends up in Edmonton's west end.  Proceeds from the even to to support You Can Ride 2, a program of Goodwill Industries of Alberta that teaches children with special needs how to ride a bike and fits children with specially adapted bikes on loan at little to no cost to their families.  Check out the event page for more details.
UPDATE – JULY 2020
 
OVERVIEW
 
COVID-19 has reached a new height of infections as of mid-July, penetrating every slum in which we operate. The healthcare system is woefully underequipped to deal with or track an outbreak of this magnitude. The best calculation we can get on COVID’s impact is through the grave diggers who, by mid-June, were burying 10 times the number of people on a daily basis as pre-COVID-19.
But the immediate impact on the physical health of people is only part of the story.
The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove has supported our community's well-being and development for more than 25 years.  We have made COVID-19 relief our top priority, and we know what that support looks like is going to change as the weeks and months go by.  Spend some time on this site to see how helping Rotary meet our mission of providing service to others is helping people, organizations, and our community survive and recover from these hard times.  If you can, support our efforts with a donation or contact us to volunteer.
 
In May, our club continued its financial support for organizations responding to the social and economic problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recognizing our community's strong ties to Ft. McMurray and the compounding effect of the COVID-19 pandemic's consequences have on the flooding that occurred there, the club directed $1000 to those relief efforts.  We also adjusted our plans at the last minute and have held back some planned funding for May as we learned of the Alberta Government CIP grant funding announcements.  We want to ensure we can maximize positive impacts from our donations to agencies to the community by considering how all funders are responding to meet needs.  The COVID-19 Response Committee continues to analyze the developing situation and we will provide another update in June.
 
OrganizationActivitiesDonation
Auggie's CafeProviding brown-bag lunches to people needing food support$1,200
Parkland Pregnancy Support CentreProviding baby supplies, consumables and food to families expecting or who have recently had babies$2,000
Disaster Aid CanadaFt. McMurray Flood Relief Fund$1,000
Tri-Community Adult Learning AssociationTables and chairs to support roving Internet connection stations$1,000
TOTAL $5,200