As of August 31st, the Cancervive Board made the difficult decision to change the ride plan for September. To ensure the safety of all the Wellspring and the Cancervive community including members, riders, volunteers and all connected friends, the Cancervive Ride for September 24-29 in Osoyoos is now a one day ride on September 26th. This ride starts at the Banff Fenlands Recreation Centre, loops to Castle Junction and Lake Louise, then back to Banff. Our wish for all is to keep everyone healthy as possible and still involved in cycling as a dedicated group to support the great work of Wellspring.
Since 2006 the Cancervive Foundation of Alberta has raised awareness for Alberta Wellspring centres. Wellspring is a non-profit organization that offers free support programs and resources to those affected by cancer. The Cancervive Cycle Tour charity bike ride is one avenue to raise awareness about the amazing free programs offered at Wellspring. We believe the people and programs offered at Wellspring bring a valuable experience to assist one through their cancer journey. Feel free to explore what Wellspring has to offer @www.wellspringcalgary.ca, better yet, come in for a tour. The Cancervive community of riders, volunteers and donors believe in Wellspring’s vision that no one face cancer alone.
A Message from Wellspring
With Cancervive’s support, Wellspring is delivering on their promise to ensure no one has to face cancer alone. Only 3 days after closing their centres, Wellspring Calgary converted all programs, support and resources to phone and online solutions. Since Covid-19 temporarily closed their doors, five months of online and phone programs served over 760 people visiting 146 programs over 9000 times. This is the same number of people supported last year at this time, when 2 centres were open and operating at full capacity. That is over 40% of everyone Wellspring Calgary supported in 2019.
Thank you for your tremendous support and commitment to Cancervive and Wellspring Calgary and Wellspring Edmonton. More now than ever, please know you are continuing to make a life-changing difference.
FAQ’s re Cancervive Cycle Tour 2020
Is the Cancervive ride cancelled or rescheduled?
We are happy to share that the Cancervive ride is not cancelled it is rescheduled and re imagined to occur with two options to participate: one day ride or virtual ride. In light of the uncertainty of COVID-19, these options were deemed to be the safest for all.
What is the change to the Cancervive Ride this year?
There is a one-day ride on September 26, 2020. Riders and volunteers provide their own transportation. Meet in the parking lot at The Banff Fenlands Recreation Centre, 100 Mt. Norquay Rd, Banff, AB, no later than 9:30am and be ready to ride at 10:00am. Small rider groups of 6 or less will be organized according to their selected route distance of 60kms, 90kms or 110kms. Ride should be finished by 3:00pm ish back in the same parking lot. Cancervive 2020 Route Map
What is the Virtual Ride plan?
You have the option to ride any distance and route anytime between now and September 30. Post a photo on social media tagging #Cancervive. Tell your donors of your accomplishments. For example : I road 400kms around Calgary in the month of September for friends I know who are living with cancer.
What is the new route?
We will be riding on the Bow Valley Parkway (1A). There are three different distances to choose from: 60, 90 or 110kms. Routes are all the same, out and back to The Fenlands Banff Rec Center.
What is provided on this one-day ride?
Everyone will receive an individual lunch at Castle Junction. At the end of the day, we will have a physical distancing celebration with individual pizzas and soft drinks.
Do I need to re-register for the event?
No, all registrations are carried over to the modified one-day ride to take place on Saturday, September 26th. Registration is still open. $100,00 per rider and a commitment to raise $400.00 in donations to Wellspring.
I am not able to attend the rescheduled date, what will happen to my donations?
Donations are a voluntary gift to Wellspring Calgary. Donors have been issued charitable receipts, and in compliance with CRA, are non-refundable.
Should I continue fundraising?
YES. Donations will continue to be accepted through to October 15, 2020. We are so grateful to so many of you who are excited by the opportunity to do more, train more, raise more! In the words of one of Wellspring Calgary’s members, “Thank you for taking care of us!”
What if my donations are in cash or cheque?
If you have any cash or cheque donations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are masks required?
Every rider should have a mask with them on the ride. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided. All riders will be asked to answer the typical COVID-related questions before the start of the ride.
We have had to change from Osoyoos BC to Banff, AB for the 2020 ride due to the pandemic. Hopefully next year or whenever the pandemic is over, the Cancervive Cycle Tour will once again ride in sunshine and warm weather in Osoyoos.