Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy holidays - see you in 2013!


We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you happy holidays and a bright start to a new year. Enjoy your family traditions, time spent with loved ones and sweet seasonal treats!

We had a great 2012 MS Bike Tour, but our New Year’s resolution is to be even more successful this coming year. Will you join us and strive to meet or exceed your 2012 team or personal fundraising results in 2013?

All the info you need to get started can be found at msbiketours.ca!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Five tips for fundraising with social media



Though it may seem complicated at first, using social media tools – especially in conjunction with your online personal fundraising page – makes collecting donations easier than ever. Online appeals will never replace the very important face-to-face fundraising you do with close family, friends and colleagues, but they can give you the extra boost you need to reach your fundraising goals.

Here are 5 easy ways social media can help you power up your pledges!

1. Link your personal fundraising page to your social media accounts to make it as easy as possible for donors to learn about the cause and contribute their support. On Twitter, add the link to your “Bio.” On Facebook use the “About Me” field of your profile. Email counts too! – add the link to your signature!

2. Use Facebook events. Join the Facebook event for your 2013 MS Bike location, then send your friends invites or share the event on your Timeline. Want to get a little more personal? Create your own Facebook event to share with your teammates and donors. Post photos, videos and updates on your progress toward your fundraising goal so your supporters can stay up-to-date.

3. Post photos from last year’s event. One of the best ways to get your teammates and supporters excited for this year’s MS Walk is to remind them how much fun you had together last year. Share photographs you took at previous years’ events, and make sure to tag your friends.

4. Thank your donors, team members and supporters. Social media makes it easy to thank a donor for their support. This recognition will encourage other members of your networks to join in the fun.

5. Share our content. Don’t have time to create new content for your social media accounts? Let us do the work for you! You can easily share or “retweet” content from our Facebook and Twitter accounts and find photos of last year’s event at our Flickr page.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Make MS Bike part of your holiday celebrations


The holidays are a time for generosity, when our hearts turn toward family, friends or even strangers in need. Participation in the 2013 MS Bike season is one great way for you to make a difference in your community – here are some ways for your family and friends to join in the season’s goodwill.



• Ask friends and family members to join your MS Bike team. Over the holidays, family dinners and get-togethers with old friends help us reconnect with people we don’t spend enough time with throughout the year. Why not ask them to join you at a 2013 MS Bike event as a team member, volunteer or cheerleader? A shared commitment will help you to stay in touch, and you can look forward to seeing one another at your community’s event come spring.
• In lieu of gifts, request donations to help you reach your fundraising goal. We’ve all had the awkward and frustrating experience of searching for that perfect gift for the person who has everything. Save your friends, family and co-workers the trouble and request donations to your personal online fundraising page instead of traditional gifts. A donation is a quick, easy and meaningful show of support.
• Teach children about the importance of giving. As a family, make a donation to your children’s aunt, uncle, sibling or friend who is participating in the MS Bike Tour. Explain the importance that your contributions will make to supporting people affected by MS.
• Spread the word. As people look for ways to give back to their communities during the holiday season, make sure they’re aware of your mission. Add a link to your personal fundraising page to your email signature and advertise your progress toward your fundraising goal on your social networks.

Can you think of any other ideas about how to make the 2013 MS Bike season part of your holiday celebrations? Tell us about them on Facebook or Twitter.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Human Rights Day


Today is Human Rights Day!

From the United Nations website:

“Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.”

Find out more information about the day’s history and special events – and ways you can get involved! – on the 2012 Human Rights Day website.

On your marks, get set…GO!


The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived – online registration for the 2013 MS Bike season is now open at msbiketours.ca!

Mark your calendars!

Prince Edward County – July 7
Grand Bend to London – July 27-28
Acton – August 17
Niagara – August 25
Toronto – September 8

Details about the event nearest you can be found at msbiketours.ca.

If you’ve already pre-registered you will receive a confirmation email soon, but it’s time for the rest of you to gear up to make a difference in the lives of people affected by MS. Don’t let event day sneak up on you – the earlier you start the more momentum you’ll have by the time the big day arrives.

And don’t forget, our time-limited 10-10-10 registration discount for one-day tours also begins today! Be sure to spread the word to your family and friends by sharing our content on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, December 7, 2012

10-10-10 registration discount!


Need a little extra motivation to register for a 2013 MS Bike event?

Starting on December 10, 2012 and continuing for 10 days, your registration fee for any one-day MS Bike event will be just $10. Choose from Prince Edward County (July 7), Acton (August 17)*, Niagara (August 25) and Toronto (September 8).

Take advantage of this record 10-10-10 deal at msbiketours.ca!

*Acton is now an exciting one-day Tour!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

“Your Impact” – Beth’s Story

Have you had a chance to explore the MS Society of Canada’s “Your Impact” campaign, in which people living with multiple sclerosis talk about what most impacts their lives?

One of the profile stories is about Beth, who emphasizes the importance of having as many options as possible when choosing a course of treatment for MS.


After reviewing her options with her neurologist, she says:

“I am happy with my choice of therapy and am facing the future with more confidence. I now have hope that people living with MS will have more options for treatment and the freedom to make the choice that is right for them.”

Like you, Beth enjoys biking. You can use your hobby to support Beth and other people living with MS by gearing up and raising funds toward MS research in the 2013 MS Bike Tour.

Monday, December 3, 2012

International Day of Persons with Disabilities!



 

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities! This year’s theme is “removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” With your crucial support, the MS Society works toward this goal every day. The funds you raise during the 2013 MS Bike Tour help us provide vital services to people living with MS in your community.

To mark this special occasion, please call, text or speak to a friend, family member or co-worker about your participation in the MS Bike Tour, your fundraising goals and the difference the funds you raise will make in the lives of people affected by MS. Every single contribution helps.

Then check out the UN’s collection of the diverse ways people are acknowledging this special day around the world, and their suggestions for other ways you can organize, celebrate and take action!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Physical activity guidelines for adults living with MS

As announced in the Fall/Winter issue of MS Canada magazine, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has released Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with MS. The MS Society recommends these guidelines for those living with mild to moderate MS who want to pursue physical activity.

You can see the summary below:


Be sure to visit mssociety.ca/physicalguidelines for advice on getting started, more detailed guidelines and frequently asked questions.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Make MS Bike part of your holiday celebrations

The holidays are a time for generosity, when our hearts turn toward family, friends or even strangers in need. Participation in the 2013 MS Bike season is one great way for you to make a difference in your community – here are some ways for your family and friends to join in the season’s goodwill.

 
  • Ask friends and family members to join your MS Bike team. Over the holidays, family dinners and get-togethers with old friends help us reconnect with people we don’t spend enough time with throughout the year. Why not ask them to join you at a 2013 MS Bike event as a team member, volunteer or cheerleader? A shared commitment will help you to stay in touch, and you can look forward to seeing one another at your community’s event come spring.
  • In lieu of gifts, request donations to help you reach your fundraising goal. We’ve all had the awkward and frustrating experience of searching for that perfect gift for the person who has everything. Save your friends, family and co-workers the trouble and request donations to your personal online fundraising page instead of traditional gifts. A donation is a quick, easy and meaningful show of support.
  • Teach children about the importance of giving. As a family, make a donation to your children’s aunt, uncle, sibling or friend who is participating in the MS Bike Tour. Explain the importance that your contributions will make to supporting people affected by MS.
  • Spread the word. As people look for ways to give back to their communities during the holiday season, make sure they’re aware of your mission. Add a link to your personal fundraising page to your email signature and advertise your progress toward your fundraising goal on your social networks.
Can you think of any other ideas about how to make the 2013 MS Bike season part of your holiday celebrations? Tell us about them on Facebook or Twitter.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Four key winter cycling tips



Now that winter weather seems to have arrived for good, it can be tempting to put your bike into storage for a few months. By following these tips, however, it’s possible to keep your bike out of hibernation for at least a little while longer – and maybe even through the whole winter!
  1. Weatherproof your bike. Sloppy, slushy winter conditions can take a toll on your bike. Snow, sand and salt can corrode chains and cables, so make sure you check them regularly. Installing fenders and washing your bike regularly can help reduce damage, but some experts even recommend using an older, less-valuable bike in the winter to avoid damaging your cherished ride. Make sure you’re using thick, heavy-duty tires appropriate for road conditions and consider studded tires – though not in urban areas where they’re banned.
  2. Pay extra attention to safety. Visibility becomes a challenge in winter riding – fewer daylight hours and high snow banks or falling snow can make it harder for people you share the road with to see you. Wear a reflective vest as you ride, and consider installing a set of lights on your bike. Snow build-up on urban roads can encroach on or even completely erase your bike lane. Be especially cautious when interacting with automobile traffic – drivers may not expect to see a cyclist on the road in December!
  3. Dress the part. You’ll want to stay warm without losing body heat due to evaporating perspiration. Ideal winter biking clothing includes a bottom layer that wicks away sweat, a warm, insulating middle layer and a weatherproof outer shell. Also be sure to protect your extremities – wear a hat, gloves and foot protection.
  4. Warm up. Before going out in the cold, make sure you do a short warm-up to get your muscles ready. Cold temperatures can constrict blood vessels, reducing blood flow.
Keeping your bike on the road in the winter is a great way to have fun and stay fit, and will also make sure you’re prepared for the 2013 MS Bike season.

Registration is now open for the two-day MS Bike – Grand Bend to London at msbiketours.ca. Online registration for the one-day Tours opens December 10.

You can find many more great winter cycling tips in the articles below:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Registration for the 2013 MS Bike – Grand Bend to London is now open!

 
 
The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived – online registration for the 2013 MS Bike – Grand Bend to London is now open at msbiketours.ca! Join us on July 27 & 28 for this unforgettable two-day Tour – the largest MS Bike event in Canada.

If you’ve already pre-registered you will receive a confirmation email soon, but it’s time for the rest of you to gear up to make a difference in the lives of people affected by MS. Don’t let event day sneak up on you - the earlier you start the more momentum you’ll have by the time the big day arrives.

And be sure to spread the word to your family and friends by sharing our content on Facebook and Twitter. 

Listening to People Affected by MS survey now available



Earlier this month we told you about Listening to People Affected by MS, a new initiative that seeks to better understand the quality of life for those affected by MS. Through a poll, focus groups and a nationwide survey, we want to hear from you – people living with MS, awaiting diagnosis or friends, family and caregivers of people with MS – about the impact of multiple sclerosis on your quality of life.
 
The survey is now available online at mslistening.ca! When you have a few minutes, please take the time to fill out the survey and spread the word to family or friends who are also affected by MS. With your help, we can enrich our understanding and make improved mission-related decisions.

Friday, November 23, 2012

25-25-25 registration discount!

 
Need a little extra motivation to register for the 2013 MS Bike Tour?

Starting on Sunday, November 25, 2012, and continuing for 25 days, your registration fee for the two-day* Grand Bend to London Tour (July 27-28) will be just $25. Take advantage of this record 25-25-25 deal at msbiketours.ca!

*In 2013, Acton will host an exciting one-day Tour. Visit msbiketours.ca for details.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Research and treatment timeline: 30+ years of MS milestones



The recently released fall issue of MS Canada contains a timeline illustrating an amazing thirty years of MS research developments.

“While there is still a long way to go in understanding multiple sclerosis and finding a cure, we are pleased to look back on the important advancements that have been made to broaden our understanding of this complex disease and improve quality of life.”

You can find a detailed version of the timeline at mssociety.ca/researchtimeline.

Consider using the information to expand your MS knowledge and to educate friends, family and potential donors about the importance of your fundraising efforts in the upcoming 2013 MS Bike season.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanking our top fundraisers at the Celebration of Champions

 
 
On the evening of November 9, we were joined by many of our top fundraisers from the 2012 MS Walk and 2012 MS Bike Tour at our annual Celebration of Champions dinner, held at Toronto’s Delta Chelsea hotel.

At the dinner we honoured many dedicated teams and individuals who worked tirelessly over the past year to raise money in support of those living with MS.

Thank you very much for your spectacular fundraising efforts. You can view photos from the event on our Flickr page.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rider Profile: It’s only getting better for Team Captain Keefe Valladares




When Keefe Valladares and his colleagues at Bombardier wanted to help members of their community, they decided to form a team and register for the MS Bike Tour for the first time. “We wanted this to be a team event and an opportunity to get to know one another outside of work,” says Keefe. “We also wanted to support a good cause, and the MS Society was our choice.”

His nine-member team participated in the inaugural MS Bike Tour – Prince Edward County on July 8, 2012.  Together, they raised more than $7000 for people affected by MS through a $1000 gift from their employer, Bombardier Transportation, 50/50 draws, jeans day in their office and reaching out to friends and family.

“What I really stressed to anyone I asked for donations, is that people with MS are not the only ones being affected by this disease; the people around them are impacted as well. By raising funds, we are also supporting their loved ones,” says Keefe.

As a relatively new cyclist, Keefe found the Tour to be a positive experience.  “We were lucky to have had great weather.  Prince Edward County is a short drive away from Kingston, but it was great to get out and see a different area,” says Keefe.  As for the future, he has already lined up cyclists for next year’s Tour, adding, “next year will only get better!”

Are you looking forward to the 2013 MS Bike season? Tell us why on Facebook or Twitter!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Website for young people with a connection to MS




Have you checked out http://someonelikeme.ca/ or http://commemoi.ca/ recently? These websites feature blogs, forum posts and stories from young people (15-35) who live with or have a personal connection to multiple sclerosis.

Check out Loribelle’s recent post on the word “hope,” or Mike’s story of moving forward toward his goals despite obstacles. Questions and comments are always welcome, so join the community!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Get ready…registration opens soon!




Wow, it’s November already! Where did October go? Here at the MS Society we spent the month preparing for the 2013 MS Bike season, and are excited to announce that online registration will open November 15 on msbiketours.ca.

By mid-November our website will be updated with details about the six events in Ontario. If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about recruiting your team, choosing your team name and organizing creative fundraisers. For team tips, visit teamms.ca.

We’re excited about what will be another great MS Bike season, and we hope you are too! Spread the word to family and friends through our Facebook and Twitter pages, and stay tuned for more updates and tips.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We want to hear from you.




Here’s a new initiative that might be of interest to many of our readers.

From the newest edition of the MS Ontario newsletter:

Listening to People Affected by MS is a new initiative that seeks to better understand the quality of life for those affected by MS. Through a poll, focus groups and a nationwide survey, we want to hear from you – people living with MS, awaiting diagnosis or friends, family and caregivers of people with MS – about the impact of multiple sclerosis on your quality of life.
 
What are your priorities and needs in order to live well with MS? What are the barriers that prevent you from  living a full life? What supports are most helpful, and what are your biggest worries? With your help, we can enrich our understanding and make improved mission-related decisions.

Visit mslistening.ca for more information and an FAQ. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Five ways to make your bike part of your Halloween costume

 

Still scrambling for an idea for your Halloween costume? Why not incorporate your bike and ride around town in the spirit of the day? Here are five ideas sure to make people smile as you cycle past them.
1. ET
 

Who could forget this iconic image from Steven Spielberg’s classic film? Wear a red hoodie and attach a blanket-wrapped stuffed toy to the front of your bike to recreate the Elliot and E.T. escape scene.



2. Napoleon Dynamite

In the 2004 comedy, Napoleon Dynamite’s primary mode of transportation is his bicycle. Once you’ve recreated his hair and glasses, make yourself even more recognizable by wearing the character’s famous “Vote for Pedro” t-shirt.

3. Anne of Green Gables
 
 
 

As a slightly more refined – and Canadian - choice, dress as Anne of Green Gables from the second of the series of films inspired by Lucy M. Montgomery’s classic novels.

4. Wizards on Brooms
 
 
 
 

A group of LA cyclists had a lot of fun dressing up as characters from Harry Potter and turning their bikes into brooms for the occasion. With enough friends you might even be able to play a quick game of Quidditch!

5. Turn your bike into a noble steed
 

 

For an annual Halloween race in Wisconsin, one rider turned her bike into a horse. But why stop there? With a little construction skill you could transform your bike into an elephant, a shark or a dinosaur and amaze passersby.
The sky’s the limit for costume ideas once you start to think outside the box. You can even get your entire team involved in the fun and ride in costume during the 2013 MS Bike Tour – registration opens in November! Just remember to design your costume so that the motion of you or your bike is not disrupted, and your vision is clear.
Whether you’re incorporating your bike or not, let us know what you’re dressing as for Halloween in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. And if you do ride your bike in costume, send us a photo and we might share it with your fellow riders.





Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Five impressive bicycle world records



Last week, the Toronto Star wrote about 100 year-old cyclist Robert Marchand, who rode 100 kilometres in just over four hours.  His achievement inspired us to search for some other impressive biking records from the Guinness Book of World Records.

 
 

Tallest rideable bicycle – Pictured above. In 2004, Winnipeg’s Terry Goertzen built and rode a bicycle over 18 feet tall!
 

These bikes at the 2012 MS Bike Tour – Grand Bend to London weren’t quite as tall, but their riders score extra points for style!

Most steps climbed by a bicycle - Three separate riders climbed 2008 stairs on New Year’s Eve 2007, in recognition of the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Longest distance cycling backward in 24 hours – In 2004, American Darl Bonnema cycled 180 kilometres – backwards! – in a single day.

Fastest crossing of America by bicycle – Rob Kish made the journey in only 8 days, 3 hours and 11 minutes back in 1992.

Fastest circumnavigation by bicycle – The United Kingdom’s Alan Bate circled the globe – starting and finishing in Bangkok, Thailand – in 127 days, a total distance of nearly 30,000 kilometres.

We may not set any new world records during the upcoming 2013 MS Bike Tour, but we are already North America’s largest cycling series! We hope many of you will set new personal or team bests and share your goals in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.


 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Our thanks



This weekend many Canadians will celebrate Thanksgiving, an opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the joys in their lives, both big and small. The MS Bike Tour team is grateful – today and every day – for the participants, donors, sponsors and volunteers who contribute their time, energy, funds and resources to help us end MS.
What are you thankful for? Share in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

We hope your weekend is full of family, friends and, of course, good food!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn has arrived!


 
This past Saturday marked the official end of summer. The transition to the autumn season can be a lot of work as we close up our cottages, harvest the last of the summer vegetables in our gardens, or switch out our breezy summer clothes for the cozy sweaters packed away in the back of the closet.

Why not take some time for yourself, gear up, and go for a ride? Enjoy the last of summer’s warmth, and watch out for some of the early signs of autumn. If you have the chance, snap a photo of the leaves turning colour or a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter and leave it in comments, or send it to us via
Facebook or Twitter! We’d love to see what autumn looks like in your neck of the woods.

And as you ride, remember: Registration for the 2013 MS Bike Tour opens in November!
 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rider Profile: Doug Fortin, Love at First Cycle




Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 11 years ago, Doug Fortin feels more comfortable on a bike than on two feet.
“Take me to the mall, and I’ll be sitting on a bench in minutes,” Doug says. “But on a bike, I can go forever.” Before his diagnosis, Doug enjoyed a physically active career in manufacturing. As his disease progressed, he transitioned to office work within the same company. “It’s a hit when you see other people doing something you used to love,” Doug says. “The MS Bike Tour was something I could accomplish while raising awareness about a cause that’s important to me.”
An avid cyclist since he was a teenager, Doug discovered the MS Bike Tour seven years ago through a Gearing Up newsletter. Given the choice between a shorter ride and a longer one, Doug chooses the more challenging 55 km Toronto Tour around Etobicoke’s Centennial Park. While reminding himself that the tour isn’t a race, Doug finishes every ride knowing he has pushed himself and made a difference.  His fundraising focuses on building awareness through networking and word of mouth, which seems to have worked – the top participant has raised $20,000 since his first ride.
During the winter, Doug keeps up with training for the MS Bike Tour using parabolic rollers, which allows him to keep his balance on his bike indoors. For Doug, an active lifestyle is essential to keeping busy and maintaining a positive outlook. “To finish the Bike Tour can be very emotional for me,” Doug says. “I made it, I didn’t fall and my wife is waiting for me at the finish line. When it comes down to it, I do the MS Bike Tour because I still can.”
Why do you participate in the MS Bike Tour? Share your own story on Facebook or Twitter!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ExpoCycle Prize Winner Announcement





Early this month, the MS Society attended the first ever public day of ExpoCycle at the Direct Energy Centre in downtown Toronto. Many of you entered our prize draw and we’re excited to announce that the winner of the special edition MS Louis Garneau jersey is… Glen Nerona!

Congratulations Glen, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Photos are up!




 
Relive all the excitement of the 2012 MS Bike Tour! Check out our Flickr page to view all the event photos.

Thank you for gearing up to end MS!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The 2012 MS Bike Tour has reached the finish line in Ontario!


The MS Bike Tour has wrapped up another successful season! We would like to thank all the participants and dedicated volunteers for their amazing efforts in creating a future free of MS.


If you have an MS Bike Tour story that you would like to share with us, please feel free to do so on our Facebook page.

Monday, September 10, 2012

MS Bike Tour – Toronto a great success!


This past weekend over 250 participants cycled through west Toronto as part of the MS Bike Tour, and raised an amazing $150, 000 in support of those living with MS! Cyclists arrived early on Sunday eager to gear up and enjoy the beautiful weather!  It was a great way to wrap up the MS Bike Tour season!
We would like to thank all the dedicated participants, enthusiastic supporters and hard-working volunteers, whom we couldn’t have done it without!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Only 2 more days until the MS Bike Tour – Toronto!


The 2012 MS Bike Tour – Toronto will be taking place this Sunday, September 9, marking the end of a fantastic MS Bike Tour season!  We can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the amazing scenery with everyone involved! We would like to wish all our cyclists participating this weekend a safe and fun ride!

 
Thank you to our participants, supporters and volunteers for your help in creating a future free of MS!

Luck of the Draw!


Congratulations to Allyson Newburg, the winner of the weekend getaway for two to either New York City or Chicago! Allyson raised more than $3000 online between June 6 and 13 for the Prince Edward County Tour!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Join us this Saturday at ExpoCycle!


Don’t forget… the 2012 ExpoCycle is this Saturday, September 8! Come out and meet the MS Bike Tour team at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes' Blvd.) from 10am until 6pm. Check out the latest bikes and cycling gear for 2013, the BMX/Trials Demo Presentation Zone, the Wheelie Kool Kids Zone and so much more! Bring your family, friends and MS Bike Tour teammates. For more info visit www.expocycle.ca.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

MS Bike Tour Event Day Countdown - 3 more days!


We hope you are getting as excited as we are for Ontario’s last Bike Tour of the season, the 2012 MS Bike Tour  ̶  Toronto! If you haven’t already, please check out the 2012 Cyclist Handbook for all the important event day information you need.

 













Thanks for gearing up to end MS!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MS Bike Tour Event Day Countdown - 4 more days until the MS Bike Tour – Toronto!


That means only 4 days to gather pledges to hand in on event day. Don’t forget, a $250 fundraising minimum is required to ride. To make the check-in process quicker, please complete the pledge submission form and bring all of your pledge sheets/slips and the funds you’ve raised.

P.S. You can also continue to raise pledges even after the MS Bike Tour is over.

 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Join us on Sat., Sept. 8 at ExpoCycle!


Come out and meet the MS Bike Tour team at the 2012 ExpoCycle! The event is located at the Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place, 100 Princes' Blvd, and is open to the public from 10am until 6pm. The expo will include the latest bikes and cycling gear that will be available in your local bike shop in 2013. There will also be a BMX/Trials Demo Presentation Zone, a Wheelie Kool Kids Zone and much more! Invite your family, friends and MS Bike Tour teammates. For more info visit www.expocycle.ca

See you there!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A&W Cruisin’ For a Cause raises $1.25 million!


Last Thursday, August 23, A&W locations across Canada took part in the A&W Cruisin’ for Cause Day, that saw $1 from each Teen Burger sold going to research and services for people living with MS. This year, $1.25 million was raised, surpassing last year’s total of $1 million. Thank you to all the dedicated A&W staff and to those who joined for the event for your efforts in creating a future free of MS.
 
cruisinforacause2012.ca

Register for FREE for the MS Bike Tour ̶ Toronto today!


Don’t forget, you can register for FREE today between noon and 3pm! Make sure to be a part of North America’s largest cycling series! All registered participants must reach the $250 minimum pledge to participate.
The MS Bike Tour ̶ Toronto will take place on Sunday, September 9 and is the last of the 2012 MS Bike series…so don’t miss out! Combine fun with fundraising and help make a difference in the lives of Canadians living with multiple sclerosis.

Visit msbiketours.ca to register today!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Register for FREE for the MS Bike Tour ̶ Toronto!


Register for free on Thursday, August 30 between noon and 3pm! Make sure to be a part of North America’s largest cycling series! All registered participants must reach the $250 minimum pledge to participate.

The MS Bike Tour ̶ Toronto will take place on Sunday, September 9 and is the last of the 2012 MS Bike series…so don’t miss out! Combine fun with fundraising and help make a difference in the lives of Canadians living with multiple sclerosis.

Visit msbiketours.ca to register!




Gear up for Ontario’s last MS Bike Tour of the season on September 9!


The MS Bike Tour  ̶  Toronto is just around the corner and the Tour will mark the end of an amazing 2012 MS Bike Tour season. It’s not too late to Register by visiting www.msbiketours.ca. 
And don’t forget to check out the pre-event newsletter for all the important event day info you need. We hope to see out there!
Thanks for gearing up to endMS!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fundraising Tip #14- Ask everyone!

This is the #1 tip of all of our top fundraisers! Ask your doctor, lawyer, dentist, real estate agent – everyone. Browse through your phone contacts and address book or print out your email contact list and highlight everyone that is important to you and ask! You can even share your story with your local media. Creating awareness is a great way to boost your fundraising!
 

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