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Pedal for kids 2018
Welcome to the 2018 edition!
Pedal for Kids is now at its 27th 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.
YOUR DONATIONS AT WORK FOR THE NICU!
By supporting us, you will help the province’s sickest babies who are fighting to survive, by:
- Purchasing urgently-needed, high-tech ventilators that allow babies with injured or underdeveloped lungs to breathe
- Funding research into the effects of various neonatal conditions on the heart’s performance as preemies grow, and identifying the most efficient models of neonatal care throughout Canada to reduce costs and improve outcomes of preterm infants
- Giving neonatal nurse practitioners – the true life blood of the NICU – ongoing specialized training they need to keep up with the continually evolving field of neonatal medicine.
Milo, Our Spokeschild
Tales from a family with two preemies
“Being at Pedal for Kids made us feel like we were not alone. There were so many people helping and supporting us. It felt like a whole community had our backs,” explains Muqeet, Milo’s father.“The participants have no idea how much their support meant to us.”
Some of our Pedal participants might remember Anissa, Muqeet and Zayn, spokesfamily for the 2016 edition of PFK. Little Zayn, born at 28 weeks, taught his parents a great deal about survival, patience and love. They are back at it this year with a new addition to the family, and once again, it’s an extraordinary tale of survival.
After two years of a rocky road and as Zayn was finally thriving, Anissa got pregnant with Milo. She knew there was a chance of it being a high-risk pregnancy, and despite a medical procedure to help keep him growing inside her, at 25 weeks, Milo was born. “This was an extremely difficult time for us,” says Muqeet. “We re-lived everything we had been through with Zayn, but this time it was worse, because we knew all the hardships that lay ahead. I honestly did not think I could do it again.”
Milo was considered a micro-preemie. At his lowest, he weighed only 450 grams, earning him the nick-name of “the one-pound-miracle”. His brainstem and lungs were not fully formed. Tubes came out of every part of his tiny body as he lay in the incubator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). On his third day of life, Anissa finally got to hold and kiss Milo. “Holding him skin to skin, after 3 days, was the first time I felt like he was really mine,” she says. When Anissa remembers how hard her son fought to stay live, she becomes emotional: ‘‘When you see your baby turn blue because his heart rate drops, those few minutes of trying to bring him back feels like a lifetime. You feel totally useless as the room fills up with professionals trying to save your baby.”
It took Milo a week to open his eyes. Anissa had not left his side. She actually did not leave the NICU for 6 weeks, until the staff reminded her she had to take care of herself too. When he was a week old, Anissa and Muqeet had a professional photo shoot done in order to capture some of these precious moments. “I was too scared to hope, and too scared to face reality,” she says.
For months, Milo was monitored closely and treated by world-class specialists in the NICU as he grew stronger and better. ”The staff became like family to us,” says Anissa. “These were the people I was surrounded by 24/7. I became totally attached and literally trusted them with everything that meant something to me.” As Muqeet, who was having a difficult time bonding with Milo explains, “the staff became my therapists and reassured me that we were going to make it. I would not have gotten through this without them.”
After 116 days in the NICU, Milo is now home with his whole family. He is still on oxygen but getting stronger every day. ‘‘The support we received from Pedal for Kids means e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g to us. Your donations help save both my babies lives.’’
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 the minimum $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. In total, you should expect the activity to last approximately 1 hour.
What do I need to bring for my ride?
Dress comfortably in clothing 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 you 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 a bicycle for 30 minutes at low- to medium-intensity on flat terrain. Moving 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, at the event site, 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 Stephanie Goudie at [email protected] or 514-934-4846 to register your team.
How do I join an existing team?
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 spokes child ride as a solo rider. To create a new team, contact Stephanie Goudie at [email protected] or 514-934-4846. To join our spokes child ride as a solo rider, click here to create your fundraising page and contact Stephanie Goudie at [email protected] or 514-934-4846 to be added to the spokes child team.
When is the deadline to register?
The deadline to register a new team is May 1, 2018. The deadline to register a new rider is June 1, 2018.
What do I do if I miss the registration deadline?
Contact Stephanie Goudie at [email protected] or 514-934-4846 and she will let you know if there is still space 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 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 (create it here), email templates, patient stories, pledge forms, and ideas on 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, 2018.
How do I create a personalized fundraising page?
Click here and follow the instructions to create your page.
How do I share my fundraising page with my contacts?
Once your page is active, you can copy the hyperlink into an email or share the page with your Facebook friends and LinkedIn contacts.
How do I support a participant or a team?
Do donors receive a full tax receipt for their donations?
Yes! 100% of the 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 Stephanie Goudie. 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 in June. Check out our volunteer page or contact Stephanie Goudie at [email protected] 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 Vahaviolos, Director of Corporate Giving - 514-934-4846.
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
The 2017 edition of Pedal for Kids raised $460,000 thanks to the fundraising efforts of these 26 amazing teams.
- Morgan Stanley $19,678.00
- Osler $18,367.00
- Promenade de Julian / Julian's Ride $16,829.00
- CGI $15,000.00
- Colliers et amis / Colliers and Friends $14,275.00
- Wells Fargo Equipment Finance / Financement d’équipement Wells Fargo $12,073.00
- Acceo Solutions $11,685.00
- Women on Wheels $9,925.00
- Resolute Forest Products Ltd /Harrison's Ride $9,225.00
- Deloitte $9,030.00
- Vacances Air Canada $7,312.00
- Research in Action $6,792.00
- Tecsys $6,775.00
- Rio Tinto $6,475.00
- Jarislowsky Fraser $6,165.00
- RBC - Montréal Centre $5,645.00
- EY Wheels of Steel $5,530.00
- RBC - Dominion valeurs mobilières Inc. $5,490.00
- Banque Laurentienne - Les Bâtisseurs $5,255.00
- Banque Scotia $3,292.00
- Jean Fortin & Associés $3,110.00
- Aviron $3,000.00
- Google Montréal $2,180.00
- MCH - Children's Champs $1,390.00
- McCarthy Tétrault $415.00
- Stikeman Elliott $300.00