Follow James Potvin, a 10 year old boy with autism raising $20,000 for charity on a 1,000 km bike ride from Whitby, Ontario, Canada to Coney Island, New York
Depart Whitby: August 18, 2018
Arrive Coney Island: Sept 1, 2018
Read about how James is working to make a difference for thousands of kids just like him.
help james to
help kids like him
Please support James through a donation to our charities
EJ Autism on Long Island NY is working to make programs and services available to families of Children with Autism through treatment and respite programs.
*EJ Autism Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity eligible for matching funds
Tax ID #: 32-0156987
Grandview is James’ local children’s treatment Centre. It provides services for children and youth with physical, communication and developmental needs.
Grandview has launched its Believe campaign for a New Grandview. Your donation to Grandview on behalf of James will help to create a new treatment centre in Ajax, Ontario.
Donations to Grandview Kids are eligible for tax receipts within Canada.
Support James' Ride directly. Donations to this GoFundMe Account will pay for James' ride, with excess donated to Grandview Kids and EJ Autism.
By giving here you will be giving James snacks on the trail, paying for this website, and helping cover the costs of repairs or incidentals along the way.
Where is James?
James is likely at school or outside playing right now. Once he's on the trail, you will be able to check in here to see his latest updates and follow his 1000 km journey from Whitby, Ontario, Canada to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
Please scroll through the menu below for our full travel plans.
While we are thankful for support from everyone, we'd like to extend special thanks to the people who helped make this ride possible.
Want to see what James is up to? Things can get pretty busy - but we always have time to say hi to a friend...
A special thank-you to Frog Bikes and Bike Depot Pickering for outfitting James with his bike and gear to complete this journey. Frog is a bike company that shows they believe in kids by providing bikes, gear, and support to allow little guys to chase the dreams of dreamers twice their size. Thank-you Frog for a great bike, and to Bike Depot for service and care of our equipment.
Arkel Panniers shows its belief in its customers, its product, and its staff by building world-class bags and panniers for bikepacking and touring, as well as commuter and shopping bags. Thank you Arkel for supplying James and Chris with bike bags, networking, and encouragement for this ride.
Through the volunteer hours put in by leaders around the world, Scouts are growing to be examples and contributors to their communities. Thank you Scouts Canada for helping James and for showing him so many things he can do. Thanks to the scouting community of Ontario and New York for meeting us on the trails, finding us places to stay, and feeding us along the way.