Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Training Tip: Ride Inside this Winter!

Like it or not, winter has arrived. Snow is falling, traffic is crawling and the temperature continues to plummet.

It’s not exactly the most wonderful time of the year for cyclists.

However, you don’t have to let frightful weather get in the way of your training. Although outdoor cycling has come to an end for another year, there are many indoor cycling alternatives that can keep you riding until spring!

Here are a couple indoor training options we recommend to help you and your fitness survive the harsh, cold winter ahead:

Find a Spin Class

Joining a spin class at one of your local gyms is a great way to keep motivated and fit during the offseason. Try to find a fitness center that employs experienced cyclists to guarantee a biomechanically correct and cycling-specific workout.

Unfortunately, these instructors can be hard to come by since many indoor cycling classes focus on short bursts of high-intensity in order to spark the interest of non-cycling patrons.

These workouts will do little to maintain your endurance and could potentially lead to injury if you’re not careful. As a general rule of thumb, don’t do something on a spin bike that you wouldn’t do outside on a real bike.

Purchase an Indoor Bike Trainer

Assuming you already own a bike, you may want to consider purchasing an indoor bike trainer. Bike trainers are easy to use and take up very little room. You just attach your back wheel and go!

This is a great option if you’re self-motivated and familiar with proper cycling form. If that doesn’t sound like you, we suggest you reconsider joining a spinning class with an experienced instructor to help you get the most out of your indoor training sessions.

Not a problem for you? Great! But don’t run out and buy your new bike trainer just yet. There are a number of different styles to choose from, and we recommend you do some research to find the one that will best meet your needs.

Whether you choose to join a spin class or purchase an indoor bike trainer, the important thing is that you maintain your fitness over the winter months. Don’t let all that hard work you did over the spring and summer go to waste. Find the option that best fits you and let the offseason training begin!

Have another great tip to share? Leave us a ‘wall post’ on Facebook or a ‘tweet’ on Twitter! You never know, your tip might even be included in our next blog post!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reminder: Only 4 Days Left to Register and Save!

The RONA MS Bike Tour online registration for 2011 kicked off last month with our exciting 25-25-25 promotion. Register now at msbiketours.ca for any two-day tour at a special rate of 25 dollars!

If you're interested in a one-day tour, there's a deal for you as well. Take advantage of our 10-10-10 promotion today and secure your spot for just 10 dollars!

Act fast, registration fees increase on December 21, 2010. With only 4 days left for both promotions, you don't want to miss out on these great rates!

Two-day tours include Grand Bend to London and Acton to Waterloo. One-day tours include Niagara and Toronto. All riders must raise $250 to participate in each RONA MS Bike Tour.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fundraising Tip: Embrace the Holidays!

The holiday season is a time to bring friends and family together. It’s also a great time to tell the people you love why you’re participating in the RONA MS Bike Tours and to recruit members to join your team!

Register now for a RONA MS Bike Tour and then at holiday parties ask your friends, co-workers and family members to join your team. Show them how to register at msbiketours.ca and challenge them to each recruit one more person over the holidays!

Already have a team? The holidays are also a great time to begin fundraising since most people are already in the spirit of giving. Why not suggest people pledge you online or give a donation instead of a gift this holiday?

Ask friends, co-workers, and family members to help you end MS by pledging the money they would have spent on a gift towards your team and the RONA MS Bike Tour. This is a simple way to start your fundraising and continue to spread the word on why you’re riding.

Have another great tip to share? Leave us a ‘wall post’ on Facebook or a ‘tweet’ on Twitter!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Readers' Choice Awards - Vote RONA MS Bike Tours "Best Cycling Event"

Although the cooler weather is starting to arrive, we’ve always got our minds on cycling in the warm weather. We’re busy planning for the RONA MS Bike Tours 2011 but we’re thinking back fondly to the fun we had this past summer. Please show your support and how much you enjoyed riding towards an end for MS by voting the RONA MS Bike Tours as Canada’s ‘Best Cycling Event’ in Get Out There magazine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards! The RCA’s recognize the people, places and events that make active living in Canada so wonderful.

There are only 17 days left to vote and it is so simple. Visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K5PYPW7 and enter RONA MS BIKE TOURS under Best Cycling Event.

Need some more reasons to vote?
• Over 10,000 cyclists raised over $10 million in 2010 – amazing!
• Funds raised support much-needed world-leading multiple sclerosis research and services
• The tours take cyclists through some of the most scenic and spectacular parts of Canada
• Check out these personal stories of those touched by MS and find out why they ride.

Vote and then tell us more about why you think the RONA MS Bike tours are number 1 at http://www.facebook.com/MSBikeTours & http://twitter.com/MSBikeTours

PS – Registration for the RONA MS Bike Tours 2011 is open! Sign up now so you can build your team and start your fundraising.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Thank-You Letter

Paulette and Laurent Thibault have been riding in the RONA MS Bike Tour for 16 years! This year, they participated in the Acton to Waterloo Tour. They sent us a thank you message dedicated to their supporters, describing their experience at the Tour.

A great big thank you ! With your support, our 16th MS Bike Ride raised $3,800 for the MS Society. The total raised by the RONA MS Bike Tour- Acton to Waterloo this year is over $300,000.
Saturday was hot & humid and the trick was to stay hydrated. Sunday morning was cloudy & cool. It was perfect for riding. The photo above was taken at the finish line with Mike Augustine. He is a terrific young man afflicted with MS and he comes out every year to thank everyone for raising money to fight MS. He is a great inspiration to all of us who are healthy enough to ride.
This year, Laurent rode by himself because Paulette seriously injured her right leg on a cycle trip in Europe this past July, which required surgery. As a result, she was not able to ride, but as you can see from the photo, she came out to the finish line to cheer on the arriving cyclists.
We really appreciate your generous donations to this important cause. Over the years, all of us have contributed close to $45,000 for MS Research and to help those affected by with this debilitating disease . We are making a difference !
Paulette & Laurent Thibault

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Congratulations, Toronto!

The RONA MS Bike Tour 2010 season has officially come to an end in Ontario! Sunday, over 430 cyclists gathered at Centennial Park and pedaled through the streets of Toronto as part of the last RONA MS Bike Tour of the year in Ontario.

Thanks to the energy, creativity and team spirit of the Toronto Tour participants, the fundraising total for the RONA MS Bike Tours in Ontario is now an amazing $220,000

Check back soon for links to photos from the Acton to Waterloo, Niagara and Toronto Tours, and feel free to leave a message below or on our Facebook page about your experience at the RONA MS Bike Tours 2010.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gearing up for Toronto

There are only 4 days left until we wrap up the RONA MS Bike Tour season in Ontario! This Sunday, September 12th, an expected 500 riders will cycle through the neighborhood streets of Toronto, down the Humber Trail, and then ride back to Centennial Park for a barbeque lunch. Whether you’re riding, volunteering, or cheering on fellow supporters, ensure you familiarize yourself with the weekend’s pre-event newsletter so you can arrive prepared and rested on Tour day. The newsletter includes an itinerary, tips on what to bring, and frequently asked questions

Toronto Tour Itinerary

Toronto Tour Route Map Note: This route map is tentative. Official route maps will be distributed on event day.

Have a safe, fun weekend and thank you for joining the movement to end MS!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thank you to our Bike Shop Sponsors

With only one RONA MS Bike Tour 2010 to go in Ontario, we’d like to thank our generous MS-Friendly Bike Shop sponsors. They helped us spread the word about the event, and kept our bikes in top shape this Bike Tour season with free bike inspections for all registered participants.

Special thanks to our gracious Platinum and Gold Bike Shop sponsors for their support and enthusiasm along the Bike Tour routes!

Platinum Sponsors

Ancaster Cycle
Cyclepath Oakville
Gears Bike and Ski Shops Ltd.
Spoke ‘O’ Motion
Bike Zone Mississauga
D’Ornella’s Bikes
Cyclepath Mississauga
Bikefit Inc.

Gold Sponsors

Mountainview Cycle
Van de Velo
Steve’s Place
Spokes N’ Slopes

To inquire about becoming an MS Friendly Bike Shop sponsor for next year’s RONA MS Bike Tours, please contact Heather McEachern at heather.mceachern@mssociety.ca.

There’s Still Time to Submit Pledges

Congratulations to everyone who has participated in one of the RONA MS Bike Tours 2010! You’ve raised over $2.2 million so far in Ontario, with one more Bike Tour to go.

Whether you cycled from Acton to Waterloo, along the Niagara River, or you are getting ready for the Toronto Tour, remember you can still submit pledges up to four weeks after your Tour date. Friends, family and coworkers can continue to donate through your personal online fundraising page. To submit cash and cheques, follow the directions on your fundraising envelope.

Best of luck to those of you gearing up for the Toronto Tour on September 12th!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life is a Learning Curve

We checked in with Mike Augustine, long-time ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and a friendly face at many MS Society events.

As the RONA MS Bike Tour 2010 gets underway, and the 2011 MS WALK is beginning its initial planning stages, I am reminded of the parallels between these events, and the journey everyone must make while living with multiple sclerosis.

Like everything else, it is about planning for the future, while understanding that the road ahead is never predictable. It is about sometimes getting tired, sometimes getting lost, and sometimes even falling, but never losing sight of the fact that those times are only just a small part of the whole journey.

I’ve not posted an update for some time, primarily because my MS is getting worse. As I have secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, that means that whatever I lose, I lose for good. I now find myself at the beginning of a new phase in my life.

I had planned to climb to Mt. Everest Base Camp this October to raise much needed funds to help those like me who live with this disease. I eventually came to realize that I needed to focus on making myself better before I could do the same for others. Therefore, my trip has been postponed until next October. Am I daunted? Oh, yes. But as I said, this is just another step on the path towards becoming the person I want to be - whom I’m truly meant to be... I just need to keep my focus and let my feet take care of themselves.

If I take it one step at a time, there’s no telling how far I’ll go, or what I will accomplish when I reach my destination. Even by myself, I can still achieve truly amazing things, but together, you and I can accomplish miracles.

Together - we can finally end MS!

Mike Augustine

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Get Your Teen Burger Tomorrow

Don’t forget tomorrow, August 26th, is the second annual A&W Cruisin’ for a Cause Day. Buy a Teen Burger at participating A&W locations, and A&W will donate $1 from each sale to support multiple sclerosis research and client services through the MS Society of Canada. As a bonus, A&W will also donate 50 cents from every RSVP on the official Facebook event page, up to $20,000.

Grab a friend and enjoy a tasty Teen Burger tomorrow as you support the movement to end MS!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thank you Niagara!

Congratulations to all cyclists who rode in the RONA MS Bike Tour- Niagara yesterday! Despite a rainy morning, 630 eager cyclists gathered at the start line at King Bridge’s Park, Niagara Falls, including many enthusiastic teams! As the day cleared, participants cycled from the Park, and followed either a 40 km or 75 km route along the banks of the Niagara River, before returning to the Park for a barbeque lunch.

Thank you to the dedicated participants, volunteers, sponsors and donors. The Niagara Tour raised over $420,000 for multiple sclerosis research, support and services.

Check back soon for links to photos from the event, and feel free to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page to share your thoughts on the Bike Tour.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gearing Up for the Niagara Tour

Only 3 days left until over 650 cyclists set off to participate in the RONA MS Bike Tour 2010- Niagara!

Do you have questions about checking in at the Tour, what to bring, what to do if it rains or if you need help along the route? Check out the Event Newsletter for answers to these questions and more, so you’ll be ready to join the movement to end MS On August 22nd!

Niagara Pre- Event Newsletter

Niagara Route Map

Note: this route map is tentative. Official route maps will be distributed on event day.

Best of luck to all cyclists, volunteers and supporters!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Congratulations Acton to Waterloo Participants!

This past weekend, almost 500 cyclists geared up to ride from Acton to Waterloo in the RONA MS Bike Tour 2010. On Saturday, participants set off from a new location this year—Prospect Park, Acton— and rode to the University of Waterloo. After an evening of ceremonies and an outdoor movie, they rode back to Acton on Sunday, cycling a total of 150 km over the weekend.

The dedicated individuals and teams who cycled in the Tour on Saturday and Sunday raised over $300,000 for multiple sclerosis research and client services.

We’d like to congratulate all participants on their amazing achievement, and thank all donors, volunteers, and sponsors who joined us in the movement to end MS. The RONA MS Bike Tour 2010- Acton to Waterloo was a big success!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Acton to Waterloo 2010

The RONA MS Bike Tour 2010- Acton to Waterloo is only 2 days away! We would like to wish everyone participating on Saturday, August 14th, and Sunday, August 15th, a safe, enjoyable ride.

Make the most of your day by arriving rested and prepared. Refer to the event newsletter below for a checklist of what to bring, a detailed event schedule, parking information and frequently asked questions. You can also review the route elevation chart and route map.

• Acton to Waterloo Event Newsletter

• Acton to Waterloo Route Map
Note: This route map is tentative. Official route maps will be distributed on event day.

• Acton to Waterloo Elevation Chart

Best of luck to all participants, supporters and volunteers!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fundraising Tip: Get your Co-workers Behind You

Looking to expand your donor network beyond friends and family? Consider getting your co-workers involved in your fundraising. There are many ways to get your workplace excited about joining the movement to end MS. Read below for some great ideas.

Team “No Borders”, led by captain Kathy Cosman, is within reach of their $5,000 fundraising goal before they ride in MS Bike - Toronto on September 12th. They’ve raised almost $3,000 so far—largely from the support of their co-workers. Assistant captain Ray says he’s turned his bi-weekly office bingo games into fundraising events, with 50% of earnings going towards his fundraising total. Kathy also runs bingo games at work, and plans to hold a bake sale and organize casual-dress days. In order to successfully run these events, Kathy and Ray worked with their HR department and senior management. With their support, they were able to spread the word about being involved with MS Bike, and make it easy for their coworkers to contribute.

Have other great ideas? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A&W Cruisin' for a Cause Day

Thursday August 26th marks the second annual A&W Cruisin’ for a Cause Day, where $1 from the sale of every Teen Burger is donated to support the mission of the MS Society of Canada.

As an added bonus, A&W will also donate 50 cents for every Facebook RSVP we receive on the official A&W Cruisin’ for a Cause Day event page , up to $20,000!

RSVP today by clicking on I’m Attending, and help us move one step closer to ending MS.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Boost Your Fundraising!

The RONA MS Bike Tours 2010 are underway, and here is a great opportunity to give your fundraising a boost. Check out Read to End MS, a chance to enjoy your favorite magazines while adding to your fundraising total.

Subscribe today to a Rogers publication of your choice, including Maclean’s, Flare, Chatelaine, Canadian Business, Today’s Parent and more, and 50% of the subscription price will go towards your pledge total for the RONA MS Bike Tours. You can invite family and friends to subscribe, and 50% of their subscription price will also go towards your fundraising goal.

This is a limited time offer, available until October 1st, 2010. To learn more, visit www.mssociety.ca/magazines.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New! Acton to Waterloo Tour Elevation Chart

Attention cyclists in the RONA MS Bike Tour- Acton to Waterloo! As you gear up to cycle from Prospect Park, Acton, along a brand new route to the University of Waterloo, sneak a peek at the terrain by checking out the official elevation chart, available online.

The new route, which spans a total of 150 km, will take cyclists through breathtaking scenery while allowing for fewer hills than last year’s Brampton to Waterloo Tour.

Stay tuned for the official event newsletter, and happy training!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Photos from the Grand Bend to London Tour are Now Available

Congratulations once again to everyone who cycled, cheered, and volunteered at this past weekend’s RONA MS Bike Tour- Grand Bend to London. Photos from the event are now available online on Flickr. If you have photos from the event, we’d love to see them! Share your pictures our Facebook page.

Check back soon for information on the upcoming RONA MS Bike Tour- Acton to Waterloo.

Profile of a 2010 MS Champion

Carrie Dokis is the Education Director with the North Bay & District Unit of the MS Society. This past weekend, she rode in the RONA MS Bike Tour - Grand Bend to London - as an MS Champion, a cyclist who lives with MS. Carrie shares some of her thoughts on her unique experience, and why she rides in the RONA MS Bike Tours.

Tell us a bit about your experience with multiple sclerosis?

I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in May 2008. After my second daughter was born, I experienced various symptoms off and on for two and a half years before my diagnosis. Thankfully, my symptoms were quite mild, and I have suffered no lasting effects from them. Being essentially symptom-free, I don’t seem to fit many people’s stereotype of someone with MS.

How did you first get involved with the RONA MS Bike Tours?

I first discovered the RONA MS Bike Tours shortly after I was diagnosed, on the MS Society of Canada’s website. I love cycling, and knew that both as a donor and a fundraiser, this would be a good fit for me. This year, I rode in my second Grand Bend to London Tour.

How did you manage your MS during training, and on Tour day?

During training, I try to schedule my rides for the cooler parts of the day, and stay well hydrated. I try as much as possible to listen to my body and give it the rest it needs. Last year, I gave myself two days completely off from training before Tour day, and I plan to do the same again this year.

What does being a participant with MS (an MS Champion) mean to you?

I ride for three reasons. I ride to give a face to this disease so that my fellow riders, as well as my family and friends, realize that a diagnosis of MS is not necessarily a sentence to a life of disability. I ride in honour of all those with MS who are struggling much more than I, and who are physically unable to join us out on the roads. Finally, I ride for my two young daughters, with the heartfelt confidence that, by the time they are adults, the money I help raise now will have funded the research that found the cure for MS.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Record Start to the 2010 Bike Tour Season

Ontario’s largest RONA MS Bike Tour celebrated its 20th Anniversary this weekend with record numbers!

The Grand Bend to London Tour kicked off the RONA MS Bike Tour season with an astonishing 1720 cyclists. Participants rode 150 km from Port Blake Conservation Area, Grand Bend, down to the University of Western Ontario for a night of festivities and well-deserved rest, before cycling back to Grand Bend the following day.

Thanks to their many months of committed fundraising efforts, creativity, and teamwork, participants raised an amazing $1.124 million!

Congratulations and thank you to all the planning committee members, volunteers, cyclists and supporters who helped make the RONA MS Bike Tour 2010- Grand Bend to London such a success.

Stay tuned for photos from the event, and see you all again next year!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Event Day Itinerary

Only 2 more days until the first RONA MS Bike Tour of the season! The Grand Bend to London Bike Tour –which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year— takes place this weekend, Saturday, July 24th to Sunday, July 25th.

Whether you’re riding, volunteering, or cheering on fellow supporters, ensure you familiarize yourself with the weekend’s itinerary so you can make all the preparations you need ahead of time. These resources include parking information, reminders, and frequently asked questions.

Grand Bend to London Itinerary

Grand Bend to London Route Map Note: This route map is tentative. Official route maps will be distributed on event day.

See you this weekend!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Read to End MS

The MS Society of Canada and Rogers publications have joined forces to bring you “Read to end MS.” Subscribe today to a Rogers publication of your choice, including Maclean’s, Flare, Chatelaine, Canadian Business, Today’s Parent and more, and 50% of the subscription price will go towards your fundraising for the RONA MS Bike Tours. You can also invite family and friends to subscribe, and 50% of their subscription price will also go towards your fundraising total.

Boost your fundraising today! This offer is available until October 1st, 2010. To learn more, visit www.mssociety.ca/magazines.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cycling Tip: Proper Gear

Only 9 days left until the first RONA MS Bike Tour 2010!

Have you thought about what to wear on Tour day? To help you prepare, consider the following bike gear information from one of our MS Friendly Bike Shop sponsors, Reynold’s Cycle:

Good bike shorts can be an important part of your cycling gear. Most shorts are made of Lycra, a breathable, lightweight material that wicks sweat away from your skin and helps cool you while cutting down wind resistance. Between the close fit and the synthetic material, cycling shorts provide comfort while you ride and help prevent chafing and rashes. A chamois lining also protects you from chafing from the bike's seat. Finally, the tight fit of bike shorts allows them to effectively hug or compress the thigh muscles, cutting down on muscle fatigue.

Like bike shorts, a proper bike jersey can make a big difference on a long ride. Jerseys made from Lycra will also wick away sweat, helping your body manage moisture and keeping you comfortable. In addition, your jersey will hug your body, minimizing wind resistance and allowing you to move with less energy.

Interested in a jersey that shows your support for the MS Society? Participants who raise $1000 or more will receive a Louis Garneau “Club $1000” semi-relaxed cycling jersey as an award. You can also order a limited edition Louis Garneau MS Bike Jersey for $70 + $5 shipping (regular price $90). Contact erin.clifford@mssociety.ca to order.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thoughts from an MS Champion

Only 11 more days until we begin this year’s Ontario RONA MS Bike Tour season with the special 20th Anniversary Grand Bend to London Tour on July 25th !

As we lead up to the first Tour, we’d like to bring back the inspirational words of Kate Large, one of the 2009 MS Champions-- cyclists in the RONA MS Bike Tour who live with MS. We spoke to Kate last year about her participation in the RONA MS Bike Tours.

Why did you first get involved?

My husband and friends decided to do more for MS and started training for the Grand Bend to London ride. I was at a stage where I thought I couldn’t ride, so I volunteered. I was one of those people who got up at 6 am to help out at the registration tables. It was overwhelming to hear the stories of the cyclists. I met some cyclists who have MS and I started to wonder…if they can do it, why can’t I?

I started eating better, took off those pounds that had easily accumulated over the years and started training for the ride. The RONA MS Bike Tour turned me around. Now I have become an MS cyclist and I will ride as long as I am able to. I am expecting that old age will turn me into a volunteer again and not this disease.

What does it mean to you to know that so many people participate in events like the RONA MS Bike Tour to raise funds to help end MS?

It is so clear that this disease touches so many people. Friends, family and loved ones ride in the RONA MS Bike Tour to say enough is enough…this disease has to end. It is overwhelming to see the number of people who participate in the ride. This shows us that the number of people affected by MS is equally vast. The research dollars are so important to help end MS and every rider and volunteer shares this common goal. The RONA MS Bike Tour means that we will all be part of changing the future of MS.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Follow Friday

Are you one of our 1050 Twitter followers? Looking to spread the word about the RONA MS Bike Tours? This Friday, recommend us to your Twitter followers as part of Follow Friday.

Follow Friday, or #ff, as some Twitter users call it, is a Twitter tradition. Every Friday, users recommend a few other users to their followers. To recommend us, simply mention “@msbiketours” in your tweet, followed by the hashtags #followfriday or #ff.

Check out our Twitter account at http://twitter.com/msbiketours.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cycling tip: make sure you stay hydrated!

The RONA MS Bike Tours 2010 are fast approaching!

As you gear up, train, and prepare to cycle in the fight to end MS, keep in mind the following proper hydration tips from one of our MS Friendly Bike Shop sponsors, Reynold’s Cycle.

When riding, you shouldn’t neglect your personal hydration. Hydration is especially important if you will be riding more than a couple of hours, even at a moderate pace. Proper hydration will help offset muscle fatigue and cramps.

The most common result of hydration neglect is basic dehydration. Low-level dehydration may not have any obvious symptoms, but still makes riding less comfortable, less efficient and less enjoyable. If you tend to gulp down several glasses of water or soft drinks at the end of a ride, you’ve probably reached this point.

To be on the safe side, it is recommended that cyclists drink at least one full litre for every hour of strenuous riding. For the upcoming RONA MS Bike Tours, be sure to carry at least one water bottle on you at all times; two is even better. Also, refill at the numerous rest stops along the way, and you’ll have an enjoyable, fun ride.

Happy training!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We have a winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the RONA MS Bike Tour “Find-a-Bike” social media contest- Leanne Whetstone! On June 25th, she was the first to comment on the final clue and hidden location of the bike on the Ontario RONA MS Bike Tour Facebook page.

Congratulations, Leanne! You win a brand-new Norco VFR TWO bike!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fundraising Tip: Tune in to Social Media!

The first RONA MS Bike Tour 2010, is only 19 days away! Whether you’re participating in the Grand Bend to London, Acton to Waterloo, Ottawa to Kemptville, Toronto or Niagara Tour, there is still lots of time left to fundraise.

Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter are valuable tools to help you let your friends, family and coworkers know about the RONA MS Bike Tours. You can use online communities to spread the word about the Tours to your social network, and also as a fundraising tool! Connect with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers by keeping them updated on your training and fundraising progress. It can be as simple as mentioning your participation on a status update or a tweet, or sharing a link to your personal online fundraising page.

Visit http://bit.ly/cEdT4n for extra fundraising tips! Good luck!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

The MS Society of Canada would like to wish all our members, sponsors, volunteers and partners a happy Canada Day. On July 1st, we celebrate the history, growth and accomplishments of our country. We’d also like to take a moment to think about the thousands of Canadian families living with multiple sclerosis, and thank all of our supporters for their contributions in the fight to end MS.

Have a great holiday, and stay tuned for news on upcoming RONA MS Bike Tour events this month!

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