Friday, April 30, 2010

Read the 2010 Cyclist Handbook Now!

Read the 2010 Cyclist Handbook to learn everything you need to know to make the Tours a fantastic experience. It contains key information that will answer all of your questions leading up to this year’s tours. Whether you need training tips, strategies on how to raise pledges, information on accommodations, or what to bring with you, it’s all here!

Gear up to ride this summer by reading the Cyclist Handbook online now!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Little Planting Creates Big Results Over Time

Fifteen years ago, when Noranda Forest was the national sponsor of the RONA MS Bike Tours, each participant received a 3-4 inch spruce tree sapling as a way of thanking riders and promoting a “green” planet.

Participants Laurent and his wife Paulette Thibault planted their saplings, and you can see how they have grown since 1995 into beautiful, special trees. As Laurent says, “they remind us that just like planting saplings can make big forests grow and enhance our environment, planting a few seeds by raising money for MS each year can produce big results over time.”

Be part of this story. Raise money to end MS by registering and fundraising for the RONA MS Bike Tours.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Calling all Cyclists!

Come out and join us for one of our training rides and information nights to prepare yourself for one of the upcoming RONA MS Bike Tours! Meet other bike enthusiasts, talk to MS staff, and register for the RONA MS Bike Tours. If you’ve already registered, kick off your cycling season with a fun training ride. This is also a great opportunity to form a team for the Tours!

In the GTA:
Event: Training Ride – D’Ornellas Bike Shop
Date: Sunday May 2, 2010
Location: 1894 Lawrence Ave. E. Scarborough
Time: 10 am
Rest Stop: MS staff members are available at the half-way mark to answer all your questions. See you at Woodbine Park!
Specials: 15% discount off all regular priced items at D’Ornellas for registered participants

Event: Information Night - Gears
Date: Wednesday May 26, 2010
Location: 176 Lakeshore Road West, Toronto
Time: 6:30pm

Event: Information Night - Cyclepath Mississauga
Date: Thursday June 24, 2010
Location: 1170 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga
Time: 6:30pm

Event: Training Ride – West End
Date: Sunday June 27, 2010
Location: 121 Edenbridge Dr., Toronto, James Gardens
Time: 10 am
Rest Stop: MS staff members are available at the half-way mark to answer all your questions. See you at West Humber Shore!

Invite friends and family to join you! We welcome all cycling enthusiasts in the movement to end MS. Contact Candice Stevens for more information about one of our training rides. We look forward to seeing you there!

In South Western Ontario:
Event: Information Night – Reynold Cycle
Date: Wednesday May 26, 2010
Location: 20 Meg Drive, London, Ontario
Time: 6-8pm
Details: Come out and get information to prepare for the RONA MS Bike Tours. A percentage of any purchase will be donated back to your fundraising efforts!

Event: Training Ride - Windsor, Ontario
Date: Saturday May 29, 2010
Time: 1pm
Details: This is a 30km volunteer lead ride, starting from the town of Tecumseh towards Belle River. Starting point is at the Second Cup at manning road and Tecumseh in the Zehrs plaza, with a rest stop at the half way point. Please pre-register by contacting Sarah Mann

Event: Annual RONA MS Bike Tour Rummage Sale & BBQ
Date: Saturday May 29, 2010
Time: 8am-1pm
Details: Use this opportunity to clean out your closet & use the proceeds of your sale to put towards your Team’s fundraising! For more information contact Lori Watson

Event: Training Ride – London, Ontario
Date: Saturday May 29, 2010
Location: 1100 Dearness Drive
Time: 9am
Details: Gear up for the tours at this 30km training ride on rural roads. Leaving from the MS Society office, there will be a rest stop at the half way point. To pre-register email Sarah Mann

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

National Volunteer Week

In honour of National Volunteer Week, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our amazing volunteers for supporting the work of the MS Society and donating your time to helping end MS. We greatly appreciate everything you do to help make a difference in the lives of those living with MS, your dedication and hard work never goes unnoticed.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Clarinda Brandão
Senior Coordinator, Volunteer Resources
416-922-6600 or 1-800-268-7582 ext: 3107

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

TeamMS: The More the Merrier!

Get even more out of the RONA MS Bike Tours by cycling as part of a team. Forming a team is fun and easy. Gather a group of three or more colleagues, friends, or family members, choose a team name, and you’re ready to roll!

As a team, cyclists share more laughs, generate more memories, and celebrate more rewards. Teams enjoy extra perks, including exclusive access to the on-site “Tent Village” and special prizes for members and team captains. The support of your team members will provide camaraderie and inspiration to cycle that extra mile!

Learn more about the TeamMS program.

** Calling all cyclists: Register by June 30th to take advantage of early bird discounts.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Join our Silver and Gold Fundraising Clubs!

It is easy to reach the $250 fundraising minimum for the RONA MS Bike Tours by simply asking your friends and family, co-workers, neighbours and local businesses to support you. Before you know it, you will have exceeded your fundraising goals!

With the good weather upon us, one great tip to help you reach your goal is to host a BBQ and ask guests to pledge you rather than bring a hostess gift!

Raise $1000 or more and in recognition of your outstanding fundraising achievements, we will be pleased to offer you a Louis Garneau “Club $1000” semi-relaxed cycling jersey. For pledges of $2000 or more, you will also receive a matching pair of Louis Garneau “Club $2000” cycling shorts!

Check back for more fundraising tips!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Attention All Burlington Cycling Enthusiasts!

Mountain Equipment Co-op Burlington is having a cycling night! On Tuesday, April 13, MEC Burlington will be open after hours, from 7-9 pm. There will be sign-ups available for some upcoming events, and an in-store discount of 10% for all members of cycling or trail running groups, including those registered (or those interested in registering) for the RONA MS Bike Tours.

MEC Burlington will also be collecting donations of used cycling gear to be passed on to various organizations such as “Recycle Cycles” so that others can make good use of gear you no longer need.

Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: MEC Burlington, 1030 Brant St.

Check back regularly for upcoming cycling events near you!

~Just a reminder that MEC is a co-operative: anyone can join MEC by buying a $5 lifetime membership share.

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