Mountain biking non-profit looking for new home
Trips for Kids Ottawa struggling to pay bills from home left by co-founder Mario Théoret
A non-profit organization that provides mountain bike outings and environmental education for underprivileged children says they are facing an uphill battle to stay afloat since the death of one of their co-founders.
Théoret bequeathed to Weaver his home, which features a double garage perfect for the maintenance and storage of the organizations mountain bikes.
But Weaver said it's been a struggle to pay the bills for the house, and now the group is considering moving to another location if one became available.
"The ideal is to stay here, but if there was a commercial space that could be given to use, that would be an option too," said Weaver.
"We have to change direction find some grant writers to help us secure some money to help us continue running our program," she said.
Support comes from family of man killed in Kabul
The group got an unexpected bit of generosity from the family of Martin Glazer, the Gatineau accountant killed in a Taliban attack at a restaurant in Kabul along with co-worker Peter McSheffrey.
The Glazer's family asked that in lieu of flowers for his funeral on Feb. 1, donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or Trips for Kids Ottawa.
"I was honoured to get a phone call from his family," said Weaver.
“Martin was an avid mountain biker but also loved children as well.”