Pedal for Kids 2021
The 30th annual Pedal for Kids raises over $300,000 for our young patients
On the week of September 20, 2021, over 400 participants pedalled their hearts out as they propelled the 30-seat Mighty Bike around Montreal’s downtown core during the 30th annual edition of Pedal for Kids. The donation tally was an impressive $300,712!
A huge thank you to our hero Evan, our generous cyclists, volunteers and donors. A special shout out to Pedal for Kids’ Committee Co-Chairs Rudy Azoulay and Eddy Farrace, the members of the organizing committee, and event sponsors Groupe AGW Inc. and Remorquage Burstall Conrad.
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Pedal for Kids is one of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s most important fundraising activities and also one of the most exciting! Imagine a 30-seat Mighty Bike powered by proud participants making its way through the city’s downtown streets to rousing music!
Despite the many challenges posed by COVID-19, organizing committee members, participants and donors continue to work together to ensure the success of the Foundation’s flagship event.
A little story
In 1992, Michael Conway started Pedal for Kids in memory of his daughter Meagan who had been treated at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Thirty years later, his initiative is going strong, helping the Children's in its mission to provide cutting-edge care for sick children and their families.
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! This year, you will be earning your car space at the Drive-In and are encouraged to bring your family in the car with you.
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 happens if it’s raining on the day of the event?
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.
How do I register a new team?
Contact Alexy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-934-4846 ext : 29270 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 Alexy at email@example.com or 514-934-4846 ext : 29270 .
When is the deadline to register?
More details to come.
What do I do if I miss the registration deadline?
Contact Alexy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-934-4846 ext : 29270 to know if places are still available.
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 deserve your place on the giant 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.
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 Alexy Symons-Bélanger. 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 Alexy at email@example.com or 514-934-4846 ext : 29270 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.
Where your donations goes?
The funds collected will be directed to the Healthy Kids Fund, where they are used for the hospital's most urgent needs. Most notably, the funds are used for purchasing medical and surgical equipment, as well as financing innovative projects.
By supporting the Healthy Kids Fund, you are giving the Children's the necessary resources and tools when they are most needed. Your donation could be directed to:
- The acquisition of life-saving medical equipment.
- Financing important research on pediatric diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
- Training the next generation of doctors and medical specialists.
- Helping families with financial difficulty get the medical attention that their sick child needs.
- Other hospital priorities.
Your contribution is essential to maintaining the status of world-class pediatric care that the Montreal Children's Hospital has become known for. When you support our most urgent needs, you offer the best possible care to countless sick children and their families.
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
This year marks the 30th edition of Pedal for Kids. Our goal is to raise $300,000 to help build the Pavillon Caramel and support the Healthy Kids Fund.
Oftentimes families from outside Montreal face long stays at the Hospital for their seriously ill child that can cause emotional and financial stress. To respond to this need, in 2023, the Children’s Foundation will open Pavillon Caramel, a six-room residence offering free accommodations to parents of hospitalized children, who are facing financial difficulties.
When a newborn, child or adolescent needs an unexpected treatment that could be the difference between life and death, the Healthy Kids Fund is there to respond to urgent needs at the right time. Your donation will contribute directly to transforming care for thousands of young patients and their families.
Evan, a superhero on wheels
At 6 years old, Evan has already triumphed in three open-heart surgeries. Now, thanks to the care he’s received at the Children’s since birth, his condition has stabilized. His parents are watching him grow up in the hope he’ll continue to live a healthy life.
When Evan was born at 39 weeks, he had a hole in the wall separating his heart’s ventricles, and only his right ventricle functioned. At 17 days, he underwent his first open-heart surgery - a big operation for such a tiny baby! “The most difficult conversation of our lives was envisioning the possibility that our son might not survive the risky surgery,” says Kimberly, Evan’s mom. “We felt powerless and terrified.”
Fortunately, thanks to the expertise and care shown by Dr. Christo Tchervenkov, head of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Division, and Dr. Tíscar Cavallé, pediatric cardiologist, everything went well. “With every surgery, we knew Evan was in the best possible hands.”
Each year, the Children’s treats more than 4,000 children with heart disease.
Thanks to your generosity, these children have access to new therapies and technologies, allowing over 90% of them to survive and have a chance to life a full life. Your support allows the Children’s to offer quality care and attract talented specialists like Dr. Tchervenkov and Dr. Cavallé, who helped Evan beat the odds.