Help Us Help Others
The Cambridge Tour de Grand would like to give back to our community, both locally and internationally, by supporting some worthwhile valuable charitable organizations. We would like our riders and their supporters to help us through their donations. All donations over $20 will receive a charitable tax receipt.
You can donate individually or as a family or you can get the support of family and friends through the use of your online pledge page. Minimum donations of $125 for individuals or $250 for families, will get you a free ride in the Tour de Grand. We ask for your help, please be generous. Thank you.
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Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation
The Hospital is being totally transformed with a new wing and a complete renovation of the existing patient care wing. The total cost of the project is $200 million. The Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, in its biggest fundraising project ever, is at the helm of the required fundraising. Under provincial legislation, the Hospital itself is required to equip the new hospital. A portion of your donation will go to help the Foundation raise the remaining $2.9 million required.
KidsAbility is the recognized leader in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington for empowering children and youth with a wide range of complex special needs to realize their full potential. Through a talented team of therapists, teacher, support staff and volunteers, almost 8,000 children and youth, from birth to school exit, benefited from therapy and support services at its sites in Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo last year.
Soar Uganda is a registered Canadian charitable organization providing support to orphan children in Uganda, Africa. Its programs will help them rebuild their lives through education, development and wellness initiatives. SOAR Uganda is able, for as little as $40 per month, to place an orphaned child into a good boarding school. In addition, SOAR is assisting the schools, with which it partners, to build extra classrooms and dormitories, latrines and showers and buy beds, provide clean water and assist in hiring teachers.
Helmets for Kids
For a number of years, the Cambridge Tour de Grand has purchased children and youth bicycle helmets through its Helmets for Kids program. Bicycle helmets are provided to children and young adults at no cost through partnerships with the Cambridge Neighbourhood Associations. They in turn with assistance from the Waterloo Regional Police organize bicycle rodeos and safety events annually including the distribution and sizing of bicycle helmets.
Kiwanis Club of Cambridge
The Kiwanis Club of Cambridge formed almost 100 years ago, supports, in accordance with its motto, Serving the Children of the World, numerous children and youth organizations including the Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir, Air Cadet Squadron 296, 4H Calf Club, and its High School Bursary program. Kiwanis International of which the Kiwanis Club of Cambridge is a part, has in partnership with UNICEF raised funds for the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus throughout the world.
Fundraise to Ride: When you agree to fundraise a minimum amount per rider, we will waive the registration fee for each registered rider! YES, you read that correctly! You can ride for free when you fundraise. Choose this option and you will not be charged a registration fee. On the day after the event, if you have not met your minimum fundraising goal, your credit card will be charged for the balance of the fundraising commitment. Note you can set a higher fundraising goal to try and win one of the amazing top fundraising prizes, but with no obligation to meet your higher goal. As long as you reach the minimum fundraising requirement, we will not charge your credit card.
Minimum Fundraising Commitments
Individuals who donate or pledge at the time of registration, a minimum of $125 will have the $35 registration fee waived.
Families (up to 4 persons and no more than 2 adults) who donate or pledge at the time of registration, a minimum of $250 will have the $70 registration fee waived.
Free-wheeler: As a free-wheeler, you pay your registration fee either as an individual ($35) or as a family ($70), at the time of registration. You can then decide whether or not you wish to fundraise. If you choose to fundraise, you set your own goal and you have no obligation to meet your goal. You may still qualify for top fundraiser prizes. Note however, that we will not refund your registration fee should you meet the Fund-to-Ride minimum requirements. The only way to waive your registration fee is to make an up-front commitment to fundraise by choosing the Fundraise-to-Ride option at the time of registration.
Pledge Sheet: To assist you in your fundraising goals, you can access a pledge sheet to record the donations of your supporters. Click here to download.
Fundraising Can Be Easy:
Ask everyone you know. Friends, neighbours, teachers and work colleagues. You just never know who may support our charitable partners, or who may simply want to support you to reach your goal.
Ask often. It often takes multiple asks before someone follows through with a donation. Life is busy and your request may have been forgotten. Our recommendation is to ask once and remind up to three times.
Set the bar by making a self-pledge. People will see your commitment and be more likely to support you. Also your self-pledge will set a precedent for what others will donate.
Start early. The earlier you start asking, the more time you will have to reach your goal.
All those who donate or pledge the minimum amount (individuals $125; families $250) will be entered in our lucky draw for a variety of prizes including bike gear and equipment and bicycle store gift certificates.
The top two fundraisers will each receive a brand new bicycle donated by Grand River Cycle and The Hub Bicycle Shop. The winner can either take the bicycle offered at the Tour de Grand event or exchange the bicycle for one of similar value from the donating bike store.
Submitting Donations: Please submit your pledge form and all cash and cheques to the Cambridge Tour de Grand at 14 Aberdeen Road South, Cambridge, Ontario N1S2X4 prior to the event (please call 519-240-5325 before delivery to confirm the office is open) OR you can submit them on the day of the event at the pledge station that will be located beside the day of the event registration desk.
Cambridge Tour de Grand
14 Aberdeen Road South
Cambridge, Ontario N1S 2X4