Dear Valued Rider,
As you may or may not be aware, Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services (formerly known as the Community Child Abuse Council), has come to the end of putting on the annual CAPPY Ride. In light of that decision we wanted to reach out and reflect a little about the event, share with you how invaluable the ride and your support has been to this agency, and offer sincerest thanks for your involvement and support.
The annual CAPPY Ride has been a vital and valuable part of the Thrive story for many years now. This much loved cornerstone fundraising event brought together many of the same motorcycle enthusiasts, family, friends, supporters and team of volunteers year after year, rain or shine. Fortunately, on the day of the ride we almost always had the latter! Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services has been privileged to be a partner in CAPPY since 1996. Over that time, CAPPY has generated over $500,000 to raise awareness of and help prevent child sexual abuse in our community. The numbers are still shocking: 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused. It's happening in our own backyards but too often remains hidden. So many children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence, suffer this trauma.
About CAPPY (Child Abuse Prevention and Protection of Youth)
For many years the CAPPY Ride against child abuse was one of the most popular motorcycle rides in the area. The CAPPY Ride combined the unique enjoyment of a police escorted motorcycle ride (once the kick stands were up, they stayed up, until the halfway point of the ride) with the strength of community engagement to support child abuse prevention, education and treatment. Children have a basic human right to be protected from sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and other forms of maltreatment – and those attending the CAPPY Ride each year demonstrated their belief that everyone has a responsibility to help ensure that. With the vital support of local riding clubs and motorcyclists, CAPPY offered participants (riders and passengers) a well-organized, safe, fun, police escorted ride along a scenic route. The day also included breakfast, BBQ lunch, great fun, prizes, event T-shirt, live entertainment and more. Riding clubs who have supported CAPPY, include first and foremost the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, the Golden Horseshoe Riding Club, and Widows Sons. And, without the immensely generous, ongoing support of Sobeys (Milton), we know the CAPPY Ride event could not have been possible.
Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services is a small, community-based children’s mental health agency providing sexual abuse and sexualized behaviour assessments and treatment for children and youth through our Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment program (SAAT), and mental health services and trauma treatment for newcomer immigrant and/or refugee children and youth, through our Outreach, Assessment and Specialized Intervention Services program (OASIS), and their families, in the Hamilton area. Our agency was formed over 30 years ago through the collaboration of social workers, therapists and child welfare workers in Hamilton who saw a great need in their daily practice, and wanted to respond.
Thrive is a tiny agency providing essential clinical services. Our annual budget is less than $700,000. Thrive receives about two thirds of its operating budget from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS); the City of Hamilton provides regular annual support as well, but these two sources together are not enough to meet the need. In 2016-2017, Thrive served 155 individual children and youth in our two MCYS- funded treatment programs. We also saw 44 parents and caregivers in Courage to Tell and Keeping Safe, which are our parent/caregiver psycho-educational groups funded by the City of Hamilton. Through Thrive’s OASIS program 52 newcomer high school students attended on-site programs at Sir John A MacDonald funded by the City of Hamilton, and 64 elementary school students attended on- site programs thanks to funding from the Hamilton Community Foundation. None of the funding we receive covers costs 100%.
At Thrive we work very hard to keep our overhead and administrative costs to a minimum. We do not have paid fundraising staff. That is why we rely so much on hard-working and dedicated individuals and groups, like our CAPPY volunteers to help us fundraise.
We are extremely sorry to have to say good bye to this longstanding tradition which has made such a difference in our community. However, last year, after many successful years, it became clear that the CAPPY Ride had “run its course.” Volunteers move on, people retire and riders hang up their leathers!
But, we are also very grateful to have been the recipients of such generosity and commitment for so many years. That said, we simply cannot let CAPPY end without saying a very public “Thank you!” to all our dedicated volunteers, riders and sponsors.
At our upcoming Annual General Meeting in September, we will be shining a spotlight on CAPPY and recognising the amazing contribution of so many individuals whose hard work, generosity and compassion for abused children made it such a successful event.
We sincerely hope you will join us at the AGM to celebrate the CAPPY story and to be recognized for your part in it. We will be sending you a formal invitation with details later in August. If you know anyone else who was involved and should be invited, please let us know. And if you are interested in continuing to support Thrive in some other way, please let us know that too! Call Katie Gorrie at 905-523-1020 ext 210 or visit our website at thrivechildandyouth.ca
Watch for the invitation coming to you in August with the date and location of the 2017 Thrive Annual General Meeting. Hope to see as many of you there as possible!
Thank you again for all your support over the years and we hope to see you at the AGM in September.
Kristine Beaupre, Chair
Thrive Board of Directors
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection of Youth
In the Fight to Stop Child Abuse
The CAPPY Ride against child abuse is one of the most popular motorcycle rides in the area and supports the important work of THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services (formerly the Community Child Abuse Council of Canada).
1 in 3 girls and 1 and 5 boys are sexually abused. It's happening in our own backyards but too often remains silent and hidden while so many children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence, suffer this trauma. Child sexual abuse is an ugly and heinous crime. It can be life eroding. It can kill. But together we can make a difference. Together we can help stop child abuse. And that's why we ride!
The CAPPY Ride combines the joys of motorcycling with the strength of community engagement to support child abuse prevention, education and treatment. We're in it because we believe children have a basic human right to be protected from sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and other forms of maltreatment – and we all have a responsibility to help ensure that. With the support of local riding clubs and motorcyclists, we offer a well organized, safe, fun, police escorted ride which is planned along a scenic route. The day also includes breakfast, BBQ lunch, great fun, prizes, event T-shirt, live entertainment and more.
All proceeds from the CAPPY Ride support the important work of THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services in child abuse prevention, education, and specialized treatment for child and youth victims of sexual abuse and children with sexual behaviour problems. Established in 1976 (as the Community Child Abuse Council), THRIVE is a federally incorporated charity and a highly reputable organization committed to excellence in service. For more information on their programs and services, visit www.thrivechildandyouth.ca.