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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.

About Thrive

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.

What’s Next?

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.

Sincerely,
kristine beaupre sig
Kristine Beaupre, Chair
Thrive Board of Directors

 

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CAPPY Ride 2016

 

CAPPY Ride 2015

What a wonderful day! Our 2015 CAPPY Ride drew 112 riders to the Ancaster Fairgrounds, each doing their part to help children thrive despite sexual abuse. We are so very grateful for their support! The weather was perfect, and all indications are that the route was a popular one with this year's participants. We once again had a tremendous escort from our partners from Hamilton Police Service, along with officers supporting us from the Brantford Police, for a scenic ride that moved smoothly and safely. We are so very grateful for another successful event for THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services (formerly the Community Child Abuse Council)!

Special thanks to riders who raised pledges in advance, and to all the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who made the day possible. Thanks also to Brad and Maureen Sanderson, our Honourary Ride Chairs this year, to the awesome musicians from Blue Funk Mojo, and to the members of several area riding clubs who came out for the day. Each and every person involved in the CAPPY Ride is making a positive difference in young lives, and for that you have our heartfelt thanks.

If you missed the CAPPY Ride this year and still want to support child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs at THRIVE, please consider making a donation (www.thrivechildandyouth.ca) - your support will immediately help to change young lives.

 Cappy2015


The event was awesome !!!!! EVERYTHING was Perfect !! This was our first Cappy Ride and we will never miss another one.”“I can’t wait til next year!

"Always a great ride."

 — (Past Participants)

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
 — M. Mead

All of us at THRIVE - the staff and Board – are deeply grateful for this annual show of community support and generosity. Whether you're a veteran of the CAPPY Ride, or joined us for the first time this year, we extend our sincere thanks and look forward to seeing you next year - Sunday, July 10, 2016. Please spread the word and invite others to join us!

With warmest thanks,

Karen Smith,
Executive Director
THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services

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.

About Thrive

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.

What’s Next?

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.

Sincerely,

Kristine Beaupre, Chair

Thrive Board of Directors