Rider Stories

Our past riders share their top tips for fundraising to help you reach your goal and make an awesome impact to fight kids' cancer!

Jamie, Ontario

2019 Stats: $5,269.79 Raised, 551km Ridden

What was your fundraising goal?
Each year I set my fundraising goal to $2500 (to start), so that it motivates me and my donors to reach the superhero jersey level.

How did you fundraise? 
I shared my challenge through personal emails to my network and through the great social media tools on the website. It’s about getting the word out and keeping friends and family updated on my progress, so they want to show their support.

What are your top fundraising tips?
Start early and keep updating people on your riding and fundraising progress. And the key is..."JUST ASK". Because people can always ignore your emails and social posts... but if you never ask, they can't support you.

What do you enjoy most about the challenge?
GCC has become a family affair with my wife Karen and I riding together to help kick cancers butt!

Aileen, Ontario

2019 Stats: $1,500 Raised, 217km Ridden

What was your fundraising goal?
My fundraising goal was $500. For my riding goal, I committed to doing 1/2 of what my husband (a very avid cyclist) did, so I set a ride goal of 200km. 

How did you fundraise? 
I shared my page with all my friends, family and co-workers and explained that 'kids should be enjoying life, and not fighting for it'. I used all the templates and emails provided to me from GCC... I just kept at it!

What are your top fundraising tips?
Send regular email updates of your progress, as people like to follow along and see how you are doing... and don't stop asking for support.

What do you enjoy most about the challenge? 
EVERYTHING! Getting out after work for a quick ride and on weekends. I loved and hated the challenge with the hills and long rides.

Ian, British Columbia

2019 Stats: $1,003.84 Raised, 555km Ridden

What was your fundraising goal?
My original goal was $500 as it seemed realistic. So I started working towards it and then increased it later (as I realized that I set it too low).

How did you fundraise? 
Primarily on social media with Facebook. I wrote my master’s thesis on communications using social media & my wife runs an advertising agency using social media... so I know its power.

What are your top fundraising tips?
Post regular updates on social media throughout the challenge. I also posted each ride on Strava and asked for sponsorship each time. Always thank your donors personally!

What do you enjoy most about the challenge?
Riding every day... it felt like a stretch goal and kept me riding even when I didn’t want to ride.

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Henrietta, Ontario

2019 Stats: $6,459.20 Raised, 468km Ridden

What was your fundraising goal?
It was $1,000. I set my first fundraising goal low as I wasn’t sure what to expect. Then I would just increase my goal as I reached the target level. Each year I've started a bit higher and added more kilometres. In 2018, we received the news that our daughter had been diagnosed with cancer, so I dedicated my ride to her. Unfortunately, she lost her battle against cancer in the same year, so in 2019 I biked in her memory. While she was no longer a child (age 49) she was MY child, and so I continue to bike in her memory.

How did you fundraise? 
For my fundraising efforts, I have contributed prizes to do a raffle each year at the end of the challenge. I also get local businesses to help with prizes and sponsorship, and in return I feature each business in my daily progress update posts during the event. I also post pictures of each ride on my Facebook page to update my friends and family and remind them of my efforts.

What are your top fundraising tips?
My top tip is to start off by making a donation yourself to show that you are passionate about what you are doing (and believe in the cause).

Secondly, don’t be afraid to ask people to sponsor you. People don’t come up to you to offer money as a rule, but if you ask, they often will sponsor you. Talk and post daily so it’s always in people's minds.

What do you enjoy most about the challenge?
What I enjoy most is that the "GCC Friends Canada" group feels like a family and everyone is so supportive and encouraging. Two of the most special moments for me last year were that I got to bike with Zach Wells twice, and I got to meet Lezli Kuntze when she did an interview to promote her #HealingHeadArt endeavour as she navigated her personal cancer journey.