FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


General

What is Ride for Cancer?

When is Ride for Cancer happening?

Who is Organizing this Event?

 

Donations

Where will the proceeds go?

Are donations tax deductible?

Will I receive a tax receipt if I sponsor myself?

Can I make a donation using cash or personal cheque?

Who do I make cheques payable to?

How do I find a friend, family member or colleague to sponsor?

How can I donate anonymously?

Can I support a team instead of an individual participant?

What is the Charitable Business Number?

 

Registration

What am I committing to when I register as a Ride for Cancer Participant?

How much is the registration fee?

What am I committing to when I register as a Ride for Cancer team captain?

Is there a minimum or a maximum number of people who can form a team?

How can I register offline?

I don't have a credit card, how can I register?

Can I register as an individual participant now but form a team later?

How do I join or start my own team after I've registered as an individual?

How old do you have to be to participate in Ride for Cancer?

Can I personalize the web link to my Ride for Cancer page?

Can I change my team name?

Can I update our team recruitment goal or our team fundraising goal?

When I register a team, are the spots on my team reserved for the number of people I expect to recruit?

Can I email my team members through the Ride for Cancer website?

I don't have a bike. How can I participate?

I can no longer attend Ride for Cancer, what do I do?

 

Fundraising

Why do I have to raise $1,000?

What if participants don't raise the minimum amount of $1,000?

Can we raise money as a team or only as individuals?

How do we turn in funds raised through group or team fundraising?

How do I ensure my donors receive income tax receipts?

How do I turn in cash /cheques donations?

Where do I turn in cash /cheques donations?

Is there a deadline to drop off funds?

How can I update my online fundraising total to reflect the cash and/or cheque donations I have received?

I dropped off cash and/or cheque donations to the Foundation, when will my online account be updated?

How do I see a list of donors who have supported me?

How do I send an email to my supporters using the email function?

Can I add the link to my personal donation page to my Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin status?

 

General

What is Ride for Cancer?

On September 30, hundreds of cyclists will embark on an epic journey spanning over 130 kilometres though rich, coastal scenery from Mahone Bay to Halifax – while making a BIGGER impact on cancer care in our region. Ride for Cancer (formerly Ride the Rails for Cancer) brings together the veterans of the cycling community and rookie riders alike. This one-day cycling event is for anyone looking to challenge themselves for a cause.

When is Ride for Cancer happening?

Ride for Cancer will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Beginning in Halifax (Bayers Lake) cyclists will be bused to their various start locations, Mahone Bay, Hubbards and St. Margarets Bay. The riders on both the road and trail will finish together in Halifax (Bayers Lake) where they will be greeted and celebrated by their friends and family.

Who is organizing this event?

A volunteer committee comprised of leaders in our community has been tasked with leading the event to success. These individuals are passionate about the cause and their involvement with Ride for Cancer. They are supported by a project team of QEII Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada staff members.

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Donations

Where will the proceeds go?

Ride for Cancer supports patients by purchasing crucial equipment for cancer treatment at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, while funding blood cancer research and patient education and support programs through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes. Donors who pledge $10 or more will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes from the QEII Foundation (Charitable Business No. 88646 3496 RR0001). Online donations will be acknowledged immediately with response email and attached receipt.

Will I receive a tax receipt if I sponsor myself?

CRA guidelines state that you may not be eligible for a tax receipt should you receive benefits as a result of your donation. These benefits may include waiving the registration fee, or prize draws being made prior to the event or on event day. If you wish to support the event with a personal donation and receive a tax receipt, you may make a general donation, or you may sponsor a team or another participant.

If you wish to make a donation to your own fundraising total, you may opt out of receiving prizes. Please ensure your gift is given directly to the QEII Foundation office (not entered online) so that a tax receipt less any benefits (including free registration) may be issued.

Can I make a donation using cash or a personal cheque?

Yes. Click here for a donation form that you can print and fill out manually. Then drop off or mail the completed form, along with your donation to: ATTN: Ride for Cancer 5657 Spring Garden Road, Suite 3005 Park Lane Mall - M3 - PO Box 231 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3R4

Who do I make cheques payable to?

Please make cheques payable to "QEII Foundation – Ride for Cancer".

How do I find a friend, family member or colleague to sponsor?

If you want to make a donation in support of a friend, family member or colleague who is participating in Ride for Cancer, go to yourrideforcancer.ca and search for the participant you wish to sponsor.

How can I donate anonymously?

After you have filled in your payment and billing information, click submit. On the second page, you will have the option to choose whether or not you want your name on the participant's honour roll.

Can I support a team instead of an individual participant?

If you want to make a donation in support of a team participating in Ride for Cancer, go to yourrideforcancer.ca and search the team name you wish to support.

What is the Charitable Business Number?

The Charitable Business Number is: 88646 3496 RR0001

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Registration

What am I committing to when I register as a Ride for Cancer participant?

Registering as a participant in Ride for Cancer means you are investing your time, effort and creativity into raising at least $1,000 in support of cancer patients in Atlantic Canada. You are also committing to bringing your excitement and energy to the Ride for Cancer event on Saturday, September 30, 2017, where you will join hundreds of your fellow participants as you ride along the South Shore for the day.

How much is the registration fee?

The non-refundable registration fee is $50 which is a demonstration of participants' commitment to support cancer patients in our region and to attend Ride for Cancer. In return for the registration fee and raising a minimum of $1000, participants will get a race kit including an official race shirt, medal (customized based on the distance you ride), race bib, a digital copy of your photo finish and other great swag. You will also have access to training and fundraising tips/tools.

What am I committing to when I register as a Ride for Cancer team captain?

Registering as a team captain for Ride for Cancer means that you are committing to rallying the troops. Your goal is to recruit members to your team and motivate them to reach their $1,000 fundraising goal. Teams can be as small at two people or as big as you like. The more the merrier! One of the benefits of creating a team is that you can raise money together through group activities and events, and then combine the proceeds. The website is also set-up to accept individual or team donations.

Is there a minimum or a maximum number of people who can form a team?

 No. A team can be as small as two people or as big as you'd like. The more the merrier!

How can I register offline?

If you don't have a credit card and/or don't want to register online, please print off and complete this registration form. Please send this to the address at the bottom of the form along with a cheque or money order. Within five business days of receiving your registration form, you will receive an email including your personalized username and password.

I don't have a credit card, how can I register?

If you don't have a credit card and/or don't want to register online, please print off and complete this registration form. Please send this to the address at the bottom of the form along with a cheque or money order. Within five business days of receiving your registration form, you will receive an email including your personalized username and password.

Can I register as an individual participant now but form a team later?

Absolutely! As part of the registration process, you choose a username and password. This information can be used to log in to your online account where you can send fundraising emails, edit your personal fundraising page and account information, including adding yourself to a team or becoming a team captain. Just follow the steps below.

How do I join or start my own team after I've registered as an individual?

  • Log in from the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side)
  • Scroll down and click “Change Team Member” (right-hand side).
  • “Join a team” will already be selected. Type in the desired team you wish to join OR type in Captain’s First/Last name. Click “Search.”
  • Click “Join team” and confirm team membership

How old do you have to be to participate in Ride for Cancer?

Ride for Cancer participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Can I personalize the web link to my Ride for Cancer web page?

When you register for Ride for Cancer you will be given the opportunity to create a personalized link for your Ride for Cancer web page.

Can I change my team name?

 Yes, the team captain can change the team name as follows:

  • Log in from the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side)
  • Select the “Team Page” tab
  • To the far right, select “Edit’ under “Team Name”
  • Change name and click “update”

Can I update our team fundraising goal?

Yes, the team captain can update this information as follows:

  • Log in from the yourrideforcancer.ca website.
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side)
  • Click the “Process” tab
  • Located on the far right-hand side, select “Team”
  • By “Team Goal,” select the hyperlink “change”
  • Update goal and press “Submit”

When I register a team, are the spots on my team reserved for the number of people I expect to recruit?

No, spots are only reserved once team members register themselves for the event and pay their $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Can I email my team members through the Ride for Cancer website?

Yes, team captains can email their team members through the Ride for Cancer website as follows:

  • Log in from the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side)
  • Select “Email Team” located on the right-hand side
  • Draft your email and click “Contacts”
  • Check the team member (individually or entire team)
  • Preview and send

I don’t have a bike. How can I participate?

There are two options if you do not own a bike:
1) Bike rentals are available for event day
2) If you’re not looking to ride on event day, you can sign up as a “virtual rider” and have your own personal fundraising page with no registration fee

I can no longer attend Ride for Cancer, what do I do?

If you can no longer attend the event, please contact the Ride for Cancer team at info@yourrideforcancer.ca or 902-442-2174 as soon as possible.

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Fundraising

Why do I have to raise $1,000?

$1,000 may seem like a lot to raise, but we know you can do it. With fundraising tips, success stories and other tools we'll provide, we know participants will raise at least $1,000.

What if participants don't raise the minimum amount of $1,000?

 The fundraising minimum is set at a level that we believe every participant can achieve. With the fundraising tips, success stories and other tools we'll provide, participants will be well on their way to achieving, and hopefully even exceeding the $1,000 target. In recognition of the hard work that all participants will put into their fundraising efforts, only those who reach the minimum $1,000 fundraising target will be able to attend Ride for Cancer as a participant.

Can we raise money as a team or only as individuals?

Money can be raised individually or as a team. If you're raising money as a team, an equivalent of $1,000 per person must be raised by the team in order for all team members to participate. One of the benefits of creating a team is that you can raise money together through group activities and events then combine the proceeds. The website is set up to accept individual or team donations.

How do we turn in funds raised through group or team fundraising?

As per Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, funds raised through group or team fundraising activities such as bake sales, auctions or like events are not tax receiptable and therefore should not be entered online. Please call 902-334-2546 or email info@yourrideforcancer.ca for more information.

How do I ensure my donors receive income tax receipts?

Donors who pledge $10 or more will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes from the QEII Foundation (Charitable Business No. 88646 3496 RR0001).

For simplicity, strongly encourage your donors to pledge you through the Ride for Cancer website. It is safe and secure. Donors will automatically receive an email reply which contains a link to their income tax receipt, which they can print off immediately.

If you receive cash or cheque donation, you can print and complete a pledge sheet in full so your donors can receive their income tax receipt.  You may either drop it off or mail it to the QEII Foundation office. Our address is 5657 Spring Garden Road, M3, PO Box 231 Halifax NS  B3J 3R4. 

How do I turn in cash /cheque donations?

Strongly encourage donors to pledge you through the Ride for Cancer website; it is safe and secure. Tell your online donors to watch for an instant email reply, it contains a link to their income tax receipt, which they can save or print immediately.

If you receive cash or cheque donation, you can print and complete a pledge sheet in full so your donors can receive their income tax receipt.  You may either drop it off or mail it to the QEII Foundation office. Our address is 5657 Spring Garden Road, M3, PO Box 231 Halifax NS  B3J 3R4. 

Be sure all donations are clearly marked as belonging to your participant account.

Please roll your coin donations before dropping them off.

Where do I turn in cash/cheque donations?

You can drop your cash and cheque donations off to one of the following QEII Foundation office:

• Park Lane Mall: 5657 Spring Garden Road, Suite 3005, M3, Park Lane Terrace (take the Spring Garden Road escalators and turn right)
Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

In order for your donations to be added to your online account before the event, please drop off funds BEFORE Friday, September 29. Any donations received after this date may not be added to your account before event day. Any other donations must be brought with you to event registration.

Is there a deadline to drop off funds?

In order for your donations to be added to your on-line account before the event, please drop off funds BEFORE Friday, September 29 (to the QEII Foundation office). Any donations received after this date may not be added to your account before event day. Any other donations must be brought with you to event registration. 

How can I update my online fundraising total to reflect the cash and/or cheque donations I have received?

In order for your on-line fundraising account to reflect the cash and/or cheque donations you received, you must submit these funds to the QEII Foundation. Your on-line fundraising total will be updated within 10 business days after your cash / cheque donations are received. See above for how to turn in cash / cheque donations.

I dropped off cash/cheque donations to the Foundation, when will my online account be updated?

Your online fundraising total will be updated within 10 business days after your cash / cheque donations are received at the Foundation.

How do I see a list of donors who have supported me?

The best way to see the list of your donors would be as follows:

  • Log in from the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side)
  • Scroll down to “Donation History”

Please note, if cash / cheque donations were turned in to the Foundation it will take approximately 10 business days for them to show up on your account. Of these cash/cheque donations, only donors who gave $10 or more will be listed individually.
 

How do I send an email to my supporters using the Ride for Cancer email function?

Once you register for Ride for Cancer, you can easily email all your supporters from your Ride for Cancer account. Here's how it's done:

  • Log in from the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side)
  • Scroll down to 4 – “Thank your Donors”
  • Draft your email and select the donors you want to thank

You can view a list of sent emails by clicking “sent” under the “email” tab

Can I add the link to my personal donation page to my Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin status?

Yes! Simply follow these instructions: 

  • Log in from the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • On the main page, scroll down the page until you see “Share.” There are options to share on various social media platforms.

Click the 'Facebook', 'Twitter', or 'Linkedin' button to share your personal page on social media.

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If you have any further questions or concerns please contact the Ride for Cancer team by email at info@yourrideforcancer.ca or by telephone at 1-888-428-0220.

Thank you for supporting Ride for Cancer!

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