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Redbrick hikes to support inclusive outdoor programs

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Jun 21, 2023
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Four teams across Redbrick hiked a cumulative 18,704m of elevation over one weekend, raising more than $10,000 for a Victoria-based charity.

Power to Be is a non-profit that creates access to nature for youth, families, and adults with cognitive, physical, financial, or social barriers.

Between delivering over 300 community programs annually with sports equipment, volunteers, staff, and event space, Power to Be makes a huge impact on the Victoria and Vancouver area.

For six years running, Power to Be has hosted Power to Summit as a fundraising event for their programs. On the weekend of May 26-28th, eighty teams of four racers each hiked the equivalent elevation of Canada’s highest peak, Mt. Logan. 

Our Redbrick teams 404 Path not Found, Fieri’d Up, High Altitude Amigos, and Code Culture Climbers had hikers step up from all portfolio companies and set to work fundraising throughout May.

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Power to Summit kicked off at noon on Friday and, by Sunday afternoon, each team had hiked a total of 4790m of elevation—as a sponsor of the event, all Redbrick teams were given a 1,169m head start on the 5959m of Mt. Logan elevation.

With the help of our incredible community, Redbrick and our teams donated a total of $10,445 to support the amazing work happening at Power to Be.

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This year’s event raised a record-breaking $330,000 for Power to Be’s inclusive programming, we’re grateful to be a part of such an impactful fundraiser. It’s our third year as sponsors and participants of Power to Summit, but outside of this event, we take advantage of any opportunity to support Power to Be.

In March this year, our team partnered with HeroWork to help out with the renovation of the Power to Be Prospect Lake site. The property provides lake access, multipurpose space, and gear storage for programming in the Victoria region.

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With guidance from HeroWork, Redbrickers spent the day laying rebar for a new pavilion, moisture-proofing a new indoor space, and sanding down reclaimed wood for new construction. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Power to Be with a fully renovated space and record-breaking fundraising. 

While we’re hanging up our hiking boots until next year’s Power to Summit, it’s safe to say our teams had a ton of fun, despite some very sore feet.