1. Do I need to fundraise?
Not necessarily, but it is highly recommended. The R.O.C.K is on track to reach the $600,000 milestone in 2023 through the amazing fundraising done by our participants. You will receive 1 ballot for every $50 raised. You can donate yourself as well as well as raise pledges from others. Our 2023 goal is $30,000 and we cannot do that without your support! We thank you for it!
2. How do I fundraise?
ONLINE: This system has a series of emails you can use to send out to your network - the default message provided explains the event and the cause, but you can also edit the message if you would like - with all the appropriate links required for your friends/family/co-workers to make secure online donations on your behalf. When you use the email system to solicit donations it will track the progress of those emails and let you know when you receive donations from your network. You can use the system to send them thank you emails from your account. Online donors also receive their tax receipt right away.
OFFLINE: Download our manual pledge form and collect cash or cheques from friends, coworkers, neighbours, etc. These funds will be added to your online total on ride day. Niagara riders must submit their forms and funds on ride morning at registration/check-in. Satellite riders must forward forms and funds to organizers by July 4 to earn ballots and count towards the Top Ten as well as Club Cup. Details will be provided.
3. Do I have to register online? How?
Riders starting at one of our Satellite Locations must register online. Niagara riders should register online as only the first 100 registered with the minimum $50 in pledges will receive a free event shirt. "Last minute" riders can register at Clare's on ride morning, but ALL Satellite riders must be registered in advance.
Click the REGISTER button on the top right of home page or REGISTER under the “Get Involved” tab. **If you have participated in the past, log in first, and then click "register".
4. Is there a registration fee?
There is not a specific registration fee, but all participants must raise a minimum of $50 in pledges per bike. You will not be considered a "registered rider" for the first 100 shirts until you have the minimum $50 in pledges online.
5. Can I use my previous login info?
If you are a returning participant, the system should populate some fields. Note the system does remember participants and their email address from previous years. LOGIN first in the top right, then REGISTER for the 2023 event. If you forgot your password, just follow the prompts.
6. What is the cut-off for online registration / fundraising
Online registration is available until midnight on July 6th. Online donations will be cut off at midnight on July 6th. Offline donations for Satellite riders must be submitted to organizers by 5pm on July4; details will be provided. Niagara riders can hand in offline cash and chq's at Clare's on ride morning. Any online donations after cutoff will not count towards ballots or Top Ten.
7. When will the route be available?
Route info will be provided to participants a few days beforehand.
8. Can I raise funds offline with a pledge sheet as in previous years?
Yes, you can. Although online fundraising is preferred, offline pledge forms are available for download. Do not record any online donations on this sheet. We will add your Online Total, Offline Total together to determine the number of Fundraising ballots, Team Totals, as well as ranking for our Top Ten Fundraisers. For cash donations collected please ensure all donor information is filled out accurately and legibly! . See note #2.
9. What do I do if a cheque gets written out to me rather than the foundation?
Deposit the cheque then write out a personal cheque for the same amount to “ROCKRIDE” or “Childhood Cancer Canada”. As long as the matching pledge form you submit has the donor's information and not yours, they will still receive a tax receipt for their donation if it's greater than $20.
10. I have cash donations on hand that I want to put online, so my fundraising total is accurate. How do I do that?
You can't. CRA will not allow one person to make a credit card donation and have the tax receipt go to a different party. Unfortunately this means that your online total and ranking may not be accurate.
11. Do I have to attend the Finale to win Grand Prize / Top Ten?
You must attend the Finale to win the Grand Prize(s). You can still be in the Top Ten as long as you registered and checked in at Registration or Satellite start location on event morning.
12. What type of Club is eligible to compete for the Club Cup?
You do not have to be an organized motorcycle club to qualify for the Club Cup. You can form a team of coworkers, family, whomever you like. There must be at least two members registered as team-members to qualify as a team. Use a team logo or group photo if possible; that will help differentiate between your team page and your personal page.
13. Can a donor donate to my team as a whole, not just a single rider?
No, donations must be directed to an individual. This will benefit the team total (for Club Cup )as well as the individual (for prize ballots & Top Ten)
14. How do I get my picture on the “What’s Happening” gallery page of website?
Tag #rockride-2023 when you post a photo on Instagram or twitter. The photo should be on our site shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, the tag-link to Facebook is not available at this time.
15. What are Leader Boards?
The website tracks your online pledges but the ranking for Fundraising may not be accurate due to offline pledges not yet accounted for.
16. Are there free event shirts?
There are free event shirts for the first 100 registered riders (not passengers).
Limited edition shirts (Tee, Long-sleeve, Tank, and Hoodie) will be available to order in May/June. Funds must be transferred in advance. Pickup can be arranged, or shipping is available at a cost.
17. Do all donors receive a tax receipt?
Yes, for donations made online of $5 and more. These tax receipts are issued immediately via the email address provided. No, for cash & cheque donations of less than $20 - this helps to reduce event-processing expenses. For cash & cheque donations of $20 and more the tax receipts are issued up to 60 days post event day and will be emailed to the address provided or mailed to the postal address provided. No, for donations made by a charitable foundation or collective funds raised from a bake sale, lemonade stand, guess-how-many jar etc.
17. Is there a fee for the meal at the Finale?
No, there is no fee for the meal at Betty's. As we have done for the past twenty years, every dollar raised on ride day is handed over to Childhood Cancer Canada. Thanks to Chippawa Lion's Club, Parker Hannifin Canada and Betty's Restaurant for making this final Finale meal possible.