When you sign up for this year’s Navy Bike Ride, you’re not only showing your support for your local sailors and joining the Navy community for a fun family event, you’re also helping current and former Canadian Armed Forces members in need of support.
When a hardship is too much for a serving or former RCN member, the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund is able to act quickly to give a grant or loan to those in need to overcome their situation and return to financial stability.
When a sailor’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, it left her unable to work and the sailor was posted ashore to help, which reduced his salary after losing the sea duty allowance, which all added to the family’s financial stress. The RCNBF provided a grant to help them with utilities, transportation costs, and other costs for his wife’s care.
When one widow of a WWII veteran lost everything in a house fire, and moved to a senior’s residence, her cost of living was too high to afford hearing aids and glasses. The RCNBF approved a grant for the purchase of the hearing aids and glasses.
These are just a few stories that show the help the RCNBF has given to serving and former members, where, in many cases, they were the only avenue of help left available. You can read more stories on their website.
Register for the Navy Bike Ride today to show your support.