The Peer Project Spinathon

A big shout out and congrats to the team at The Peer Project on their successful Spinathon yesterday. Organizers Dario, Darrel and Lawrence worked for months to put on this fifth edition of the annual fundraiser.

The Peer Project is a Toronto-based non-profit that helps young people reach their full potential.  The staff do that by pairing youth and young adult mentors with at-risk kids in a one-on-one peer mentoring partnership.

I think all of us can attest to the power of having at least one positive relationship in your life, a person who believes in you and supports you.  That's what The Peer Project has offered over 30,000 kids since it was founded in 1976.

The average mentoring relationship lasts for five years.  That's a powerful thought.  The arrangement is supported by a social worker and mentors receive extensive training, delving into understanding and supporting issues like learning disabilities and mental illness.

The Spinathon took place over 12 hours at Energia Athletics on Pape Avenue.  Energia has a pretty neat studio that lets you watch videos of road adventures from around the world.  Over the course of my time there, I saw deserts, snowy trails, European mountains, the New York Palisades and the Acadian shoreline.


We had the chance to sign up for as many classes as we wanted, so I decided to do four, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  In the end, the 5:00 p.m. class was cancelled, but I kept on pedalling, and took the opportunity to spin out the lactic acid from the tough workout the hour prior.


The official fundraising results have yet to be announced, but rumour has it the event was a big success again this year.  And that's a good thing for all of the kids The Peer Project Supports.