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6 Tips to Power Up Your Fundraising for the Tour De Cure, Presented by Wheaton Precious Metals

May 31, 2024

Found in General,  Tour de Cure

Raising $2,500 or recruiting a team can feel overwhelming, especially if this is your first time participating in the Tour de Cure, presented by Wheaton Precious Metals.

The good news is that the Tour de Cure community has had a lot of practice meeting the challenge and they are always ready to share their best tools and tips to get you started on your adventure. The more we help each other here, the further we go in fueling innovation in cancer research and care.

Here are six tried and tested tips from our community on how to reach that $2,500 goal, and achieve something beyond epic.

1. Personalize your fundraising page

Now that you’ve registered, people need somewhere to go to help support you and your cause. Personalizing your fundraising page over on the Tour de Cure website is a great way to show everyone who you are and why you’re riding.

Upload a photo or two and share your reason for joining this year. These stories give people a way to connect and understand what we’re all here to do: help build a world free from cancer. Be creative and start it off on the right foot.

Need some inspiration? Check out TdC fundraising pages here.

2. Start small

$2500 seems like a big number, so the first step is to break it down into small bits. A quick and easy win is to make a self-donation so you can watch that zero disappear. After that, build a list of family, close friends, and people in your immediate circle who are your greatest cheerleaders — the ones you know will throw their support behind you. Reach out to them, and gather your first donations. Doesn’t matter how small they are, it’s where momentum starts.

3. Activate your network

Have social media accounts? Then you’re on your way. If not, start an account and start posting (more on this in the next tip). Post everywhere in the digital and real worlds. If you’re on a team, coordinate and get everyone activated. Try your work, your gym, the community centre, your kids’ school, your own classmates, etc. Wherever you’re connected, get the word out.

Learn how Team Ledcor does it.

4. Go social

Social media is your super power. Tour de Cure is a space for creativity and connection. Share content around your training, your highs and lows, your recruitment efforts. Make a series of posts and videos that track your progress. Document the adventure. Share your own fundraising tips and tricks.

Most importantly, share your gratitude for those who are supporting you.

Check out our social media toolkit for additional resources to boost your fundraising efforts and share your involvement with the Tour de Cure.

Learn how the Wheelin’ Warriors do it.

5. Tell your story twice

We’ve already mentioned it, but it bears repeating: stories move and inspire us.

As Steve Weir says when sharing his story, “It’s up to us to carry forward the voices of those lost – to make sure their legacies aren’t forgotten and that we’re advancing the research. That’s why I created Team For Francis.”

Create the “lift” version and the “lobby” version. The lift version is for when you only have 20 seconds with someone. The lobby version is when you have their attention for a few minutes.

Read more about the Team For Francis story.

6. Highlight the impact

The Tour de Cure has raised over $124 million since it first began. That money has helped fund province-wide lung-cancer screening, breakthroughs in ovarian and breast cancer through investments in BC Cancer’s OVCARE and B-PRECISE teams, and even helped to make cancer care more accessible for everyone via the Patient Relief Fund. This is just a snapshot of this community’s impact.

As Mike de Jong, captain of Team Ledcor, says, “Remember that a donation is an investment in all our futures. When people understand that their donation has a real impact on cancer care in B.C., the conversation shifts.”

Visit our YouTube channel and explore the ‘Powering cancer research’ playlist to discover how Tour de Cure fundraising dollars are making a difference for patients and clinicians across B.C.

We’re thrilled to introduce this year’s exclusive, limited edition Tour de Cure jersey:

The exclusive 2024 jersey draws inspiration from the power of connection and unity. The use of coloured cancer molecules in the design provides a connection to the cause, reminding us that cancer is personal and can affect anyone. This sense of connection is what unites the Tour de Cure community.

Everyone who hits the $2,500 fundraising goal will receive one! They will be shipped over the summer in two waves; so the earlier you reach $2,500, the earlier you can wear it to help push your fundraising further.

We can’t wait to see you sporting these jerseys!

Have questions about fundraising?
Get in touch at tourguides@bccancer.bc.ca.