Pedal for Kids 2020
The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation has cancelled all its fundraising events scheduled until the end of May. Given that Pedal for Kids is scheduled to take place from June 15th-19th, 2020, we are currently forecasting for the event to go on as planned. However, we are following the crisis closely and will keep you updated. The health and safety of our participants and staff is of the utmost priority.
Welcome to the 2020 edition!
Pedal for Kids is now in its 29th year. This event was created by Sylvie Lalumière and Michael Conway to fundraise in memory of their daughter Meagan, who had been treated at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Participants are invited to celebrate their fundraising efforts by hopping on our custom bike built for 30 riding through the streets of downtown Montreal. It’s a great team-building event that mobilizes hundreds of individuals, companies and community groups each year to raise funds for the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
What is Pedal for Kids?
A fundraising challenge for corporate and community teams whose efforts are rewarded with a fun-filled ride on the Mighty Bike.
What is the Mighty Bike?
A custom-made bicycle built for 30 people.
What do I need to do to participate?
Raise a minimum of $500 in donations, and you will earn your seat on the Mighty Bike!
How long is the ride on the Mighty Bike?
The ride lasts approximately 30 minutes. You should arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of your ride and stay for 10 minutes after your ride for pictures. You should expect the activity to last approximately 1 hour total.
What do I need to bring for my ride?
Dress comfortably, in clothes that can get wet, since water guns are used during the ride! Athletic clothing is optional. We will supply helmets (mandatory), water and snacks. Teams are encouraged to personalize their look with custom helmet covers, t-shirts, or anything to identify as a group. Be creative!
Do I need to be physically fit to ride the Mighty Bike?
Not necessarily, but you should be capable of pedaling on a bicycle for 30 minutes at low- to medium-intensity on flat terrain. Powering the bike is a team effort, so you won’t be pedaling alone!
What happens if it’s raining on the day of my ride?
Rides take place RAIN or SHINE! Waterproof ponchos that fit over your clothing will be provided in case of inclement weather.
What kind of visibility does my team receive?
Teams of 15 or 30 riders have the option of displaying a large banner on the Mighty Bike during their ride. Teams will also receive visibility on the website, on-site at the event, and on Facebook.
Who can participate in Pedal for Kids?
Anyone who wants to help improve the care provided to sick children.
Is there a minimum age or height requirement?
There is no minimum age to participate, but riders need to be at least 5’2’’ in height in order to reach the pedals on the Mighty Bike.
How do I register a new team?
Contact Micaela at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-934-4846 to register your team.
How do I join an existing team?
Go on your team’s page, and click on “Join this team”. Follow the steps to create your fundraising page.
How can I participate if I do not have a team?
You have two choices: you can create a new team, or you can join our spokeschild ride as a solo rider. In order to do so, contact Micaela at email@example.com or 514-934-4846.
When is the deadline to register?
The deadline to register a new team is May 1, 2020. The deadline to register a new rider is June 1, 2020.
What do I do if I miss the registration deadline?
Contact Micaela at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-934-4846 to know if places are still available.
What is the minimum number of riders for the Mighty Bike?
There are 30 seats on the bike, but it can be moved with minimum 25 riders. They’ll just have to pedal harder!
Can I register more than one team?
Yes, as long as the objective for each team remains a minimum of $500 per person.
Do I have to raise funds to participate in Pedal for Kids?
Yes, if you want to ride on the Mighty Bike!
Is there a minimum fundraising objective for each participant?
The minimum objective is $500 per person. Check out our tips section to get started!
Is there a minimum fundraising objective for a team?
The minimum objective is $15,000 for a full team (30 riders) and $7,500 for a half team (15 riders). Returning teams are encouraged to beat their previous total – we believe you can do it!
How will the foundation help me to raise funds?
We provide you with an arsenal of solicitation tools: your own personal fundraising page, email templates, patient stories, pledge forms, and ideas for organizing your own fundraising activity. Check out our tips section to get started now!
What happens if I don’t complete my fundraising objective before my ride?
We encourage everyone to complete their fundraising on or before the day of their ride. However, you can continue to collect donations up until August 31, 2020.
How do I create a personalized fundraising page?
Go on your team’s page, and click on “Join this team”. Follow the steps to create your fundraising page.
How do I share my fundraising page with my contacts?
Once your page is active, you can copy the link into an email or share the page with your Facebook friends and LinkedIn contacts.
How do I support a participant or a team?
At the bottom of this page, select the team of your choice. You’ll find the team members list on the right. Click on the rider you want to support and you’ll be able to make a donation on his page using the options on the right.
If you don’t know the rider’s team name, you can use the search bar at the top right of the website to look for the person of your choice. Select his page within the search results, and you’ll be able to make a donation on his page using the options on the right.
Do donors receive a full tax receipt for their donations?
Yes! 100% of donations over $15 are eligible for official tax receipts. If they make their donation online by credit card, they will receive an email with their tax receipt attached within 24 hours. If they send their donation by cheque, it will take between 6-8 weeks to receive their tax receipt by mail.
Can I make a donation online?
Yes! In fact, it is our preferred method since the processing time is much faster than for cash or cheque donations.
What do I do if someone wants to donate by cheque?
Encourage them to make their pledge on your personal fundraising page, where they can write a personal message of encouragement on your wall. The online donation payment page includes the option of donating by cheque. The cheque can be mailed directly to the foundation along with the name, address, and team name; alternatively, the cheque can be given to your team captain.
What do I do if someone wants to donate cash?
The best way to handle cash is to put it in a sealed donation envelope (provided to all participants) along with the name and address of the donor, and give it to your team captain. You can also drop it off directly at the foundation to the attention of Micaela Bianchini. Make sure that you indicate the name of your team on the envelope so we know to whom to attribute the donations!
How can I get involved in Pedal for Kids without fundraising?
Become a volunteer! Over 30 individuals help out every day on the Pedal for Kids site. Contact Micaela at email@example.com or 514-934-4846 for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.
I want to become a sponsor of the event. How do I proceed?
There are many sponsorship opportunities available for both big and small companies. Contact Angela, Director of Corporate Giving at 514-934-4846 ext. 29210.
Thank you to our longstanding partners who have raised impressive amounts for the Children’s by rallying their networks to support Pedal for Kids.
Members of our Hall of Fame:
1M $ and up
- Banque HSBC
- Borden Ladner Gervais
Between $500,000 and $749,000
- Community Ride : Women on Wheels
- Scotia Bank
Every year, sick kids and their families depend on the Children’s Healthy Kids Fund, dedicated to funding the hospital’s most urgent needs. These funds often make the difference between life and death for our young patients and their families. They allow our team of world-class doctors and healthcare professionals to administer essential treatments, services and procedures to our patients who desperately need them. Pedal for Kids is proud to allocate a portion of the event’s proceeds to two specific projects within the hospital’s most urgent needs – the BAHA Program and a new Neonatal Transport Unit.
- The BAHA Program: The BAHA is a bone-anchored hearing aid, a surgically implanted device designed to help kids and adults with hearing loss. The BAHA Program gives kids the opportunity to benefit from this device throughout their entire lives. Over the years, as children grow, the device’s effectiveness can diminish as a result of regular wear and tear, and may need to be replaced. The funding of this program ensures that the children who receive this technology can maintain the gift of hearing for the rest of their lives.
- A new Neonatal Transport Unit: Neonatal Transport Units are essential to our tiniest patients, premature babies who often arrive at our hospital in critical condition. With your help, Pedal for Kids will finance a new Neonatal Transport Unit, a specialized piece of ambulatory equipment that regulates temperature and provides essential respiratory services to our preemies, making their first trip safe and secure, and allowing them the best chance at a healthy life.
When Daniel was born deaf, his parents Dayle and Nick were very concerned. His father Nick had grown up deaf himself and therefore he knew all too well the isolation and loneliness that come with being a deaf child in a world in which everyone else can hear. At just 14 weeks, Daniel began wearing regular hearing aids but they were not effective due to the type of hearing loss he has.
At the age of 3, Daniel began the process of having a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) surgically implanted – a cutting-edge advancement in hearing technology. This procedure would require four surgeries at The Montreal Children’s Hospital, under the care of Dr. Sam Daniel, MDCM, FRCSC, M.Sc., Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Director, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.
The BAHA opened Daniel’s world. From his sister's melodic voice to the rumble of a car motor, Daniel was finally able to hear fully. This allowed him to develop critical language skills and boosted his confidence over the course of his life.
Now 15 years old, Daniel is an active teen who is passionate about karate and loves new-age gadgets and technology.