Jun 02

Raffle Update!

By Kathy Ryan | News , Uncategorized

Raffle prizes have been pouring in so fast we haven’t had a chance to keep you up to date!  We have 21 (and counting) fabulous prizes available in a penny-raffle style draw.  All riders and volunteers get a dozen complimentary tickets for a chance at the prizes they like the most.

Lucky winners can take home a beautiful floral arrangement from The Watering Can in Beamsville or a walnut bowl (pictured above) hand-crafted by woodturner Don Svob.

Or you could opt to play tourist with complimentary admission passes to Marineland, the Bird Kingdom, Safari Niagara or an awesome array of Niagara Parks attractions and historical sites.  Or go for the “Ride of Your Life” helicopter ride above the Falls.

If your preference leans towards a more leisurely enjoyment of Niagara’s finest, take a chance on a group tour and tasting at Niagara College Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery, Rockway Vineyards or Legends Estates Winery. Or enjoy some wine from Fielding Estate Winery at home or house-smoked southern style dinner at Rolly’s Smokehouse 

Improve your wellness with you choice of a reflexology or iridology session, or your choice of a nutritional consultation or live blood analysis.  Both prizes are compliments of SRH Healthfood and Wellness Clinic.

Sports enthusiasts can win tickets to a Hamilton Tiger-Cats game, an team-autographed hockey stick and tickets to an IceDogs game, tickets to a Buffalo Bisons game and signed collectables from the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills, tickets to a Niagara River Lions game, or a signed Toronto FC collectible courtesy of MLSE.

Try something new?  How about an escape room experience at The Crux or trying your hand at axe throwing at BATL Niagara? Or let your son or daughter discover their inner acrobat (or ninja!) at Zacada Circus summer camp.

There’s something for everyone!


May 02

10 yr. Anniversary – It’s going to be Special!

By Matt Williams | News

This year, in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Evan’s Ride, we have some very special things lined up for all who come out on June 9th. Here are a few things to look forward to!

  • 10 yr commemorative t-shirts for every registered rider
  • Special t-shirts for riders that have been with us since the very 1st ride
  • 10 yr commemorative plaques for sponsors and riders who have been with us since the very 1st ride
  • A video is being shot of the 10 yr anniversary ride so start shining up those bikes and helmets and bring your best smile
  • Cake will be served along with lunch

We want this to be our best year yet so we have been working hard at wrangling a lot of prizes in addition to the bikes we give every year to the top pledge earners. In fact this year there are so many prizes we are holding a penny raffle.  Here are some of the awesome things you could get if you participate this year.

  • Niagara River Lions (Basketball): 2 tickets to home game next season
  • Bird Kingdom: 4 admission tickets
  • Marineland: 2 admission tickets
  • The Crux Escape Rooms: Escape Room experience (1 hour) for 4 – usable at any of their locations including St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Brantford and 2 Hamilton locations
  • Safari Niagara: 2 adult & 2 kids admission tickets
  • Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres: Signed player pictures, signed yearbook
  • Niagara Ice Dogs: Signed hockey stick and 4 tickets to home game in October or November
  • BATL Niagara: 2x Coupon good for 1 hour of walk-in axe throwing (each couple os good for 2 people)
  • SRH Health Foods and Wellness Centre: Gift Certificate for 1/2 hr clinical Reflexology or Iridology Consultation and one hour nutritional or 30 minutes live blood analysis consultation
  • Niagara College Teaching Winery and Brewery: Wine & beer tour and tasting for 10
  • Rockway Vineyards: Wine tour and tasting for 10
  • Legends Estate Winery: Group tour and tasting
  • Zacada Circus School: Prize TBD

We hope to see you all out on Saturday, June 9th but you need to register and start collecting pledges and you can do that here!

Register Now
Apr 11

Did you Know?

By Matt Williams | News

We decided to throw together a few tidbits of history from the first inaugural Evan’s Ride for Autism on Sunday, May 17th, 2009.

  • About 40 cyclists participated
  • The ride began at the Smithville Leisureplex. It now starts and finishes at Sheldrick Transport
  • Evan was 13 yrs old. He is now 22 yrs old!
  • The ride was 20 km. It is now 11 km with the option of doing the route twice for a 22 km ride through the back roads of Smithville with escort.
  • $8,900 was raised to go towards programming and services for Niagara families dealing with autism.
  • Over the 9 yrs, Evan’s Ride has raised $130,000 to support families living with Autism!
  • There was a video made of the first Evan’s Ride. There are riders that have been riding every year with Evan and will be out again for this special 10th anniversary!

Think about riding with Evan for the 10th annual Evan’s Ride for Autism on June 9th, 2018 and click to register today!

Feb 13

Lights! Camera! Action!

By Kathy Ryan | News


Please Stay Tuned returns to Evan’s Ride to shoot a 10th Anniversary Video

A single candle lighting the darkness. That’s the image which opens Evan’s Ride, a video telling the story of the 1st Evan’s Ride for Autism. Evan’s Ride was filmed and  produced in 2009 by Please Stay Tuned.  Please Stay Tuned is a production company owned by Evan’s filmmaking uncle, Dale Sheldrake.

The 6 ½ minute video is a touching and impactful portrait of Evan’s Ride. The video’s primary message is of the hope that inspired the Ride and the power of community in bringing that hope to fruition in a successful fundraising event.  The video can be viewed from our here.

Ten years later, the hope, inspiration and community support behind the Ride is as strong as ever. Evan’s Ride for Autism has raised over $130,000 to support skills development, family support and camp programs for families living with the challenges of autism spectrum disorder. Evan’s Ride continues to grow and raise awareness and funds to support autism programs in the Niagara Region.

The video has also done well over the past decade. In 2015, it was screened at 2 international film festivals –  Picture This in Calgary and Bosifest in Belgrade, Serbia. Both festivals feature films made by or for disabled communities.

This year, Dale and the Please Stay Tuned crew will be returning to Evan’s Ride for Autism to film a video continuing the story of a Ride that began in 2009. Evan has grown up and the rest of us have gotten a little older. But the heart of Evan’s Ride remains the same: the support of Evan’s family, his community and Niagara’s autism community.

Plan to join us on June 9th and remember to smile for the cameras!

Jan 15

10 Years of Evan’s Ride!

By Kathy Ryan | News

Evan and Len at Evan’s Ride 2009

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.

The registration and online fundraising pages are already up.  You can access them by clicking here.  Or, if you’re old school, download a pledge form here.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor click here.

We look forward to seeing our old friends and welcoming many new ones!


Jun 04

RBC Smithville Team Rocks!

By evansride | News , Uncategorized

RBC Smithville donated their time by bravely manning the drizzly water stations throughout the Ride as part of RBC’s Day of Service program.  RBC also donated $1000 to the Ride through that Grant Program.

Many thanks to Leona, Alida, Trevor, Tracy, Glen, Julie & Wayne for their time and assistance.



Jun 04

Congratulations to Our Top Fundraisers!

By evansride | News , Uncategorized

Our Top 3 fundraisers each won a bicycle.  The winners were:

  1. The Flats Domino Cycling Team
  2. The Stayzers
  3. Jim Luffman

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all of the 2015 riders and their generous donors.

The prize bicycle were kindly donated by Rose City Chrysler, Digital Detailing Welland, Dixon’s Auto Body, Goods Sports Excellence and Canadian Tire Grimsby.


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