Bike-a-thon For A Cause

Join our first virtual fundraiser!

Saturday, October 10 through Saturday, October 17, 2020

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What’s the Cause?

The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin is part of a world-wide organization that supports women and families by providing services that educate and empower each individual to move forward in their lives.  Many of our clients are low income and come to us with little or no resources. Since 1902 the YWCA has been providing services and programs that help women, men and youth move from dependency to self-sufficiency, including adult education, employment training, youth leadership, rural recreation, poverty prevention and housing programs.

In order to maintain and continue to meet the growing community needs, each year we must fundraise.

This year, join us in supporting these services and programs.



REGISTER TODAY! – Join us for a ride, walk, stroll, run or roll in our first virtual bike-a-thon.  Bike during this week-long event any time that suits YOU best. Pick your favorite route or try something new and track your kilometres for your chance win a prize!

BE A CHAMPION – Ask your family, friends and followers to make a pledge toward your ride.

SUPPORT A PROGRAM – If you are not a cyclist and you don’t know a rider that is registered you are welcome to make a general donation via our online donations page which will give you the opportunity to select one of six programs/services you would like to show your support to.

All registration fees, pledges and general donations that are $20 and over will be eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt.

Many thanks to our sponsors

Hayhoe Homes
Elgin Contracting & Restoration

Registration Fees

$25 for adults/seniors

$20 for youth/child (25 years or younger)

Registration Deadline:
October 17, 2020

Register online or by calling our main office (519) 631-9800 during regular business hours.


1) Click Pledge Form button and print a copy of this form

2) Be a champion and seek donations from your family, friends and followers

3) Collect all monies from your donors and full contact information including mailing address

4) Submit pledge form along with all monies to YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin by 
October 21, 2020 at 5pm.

How to submit pledges?

In-person: visit our main office located at 16 Mary Street West, St.Thomas October 19, 20 or 21 (9 am – 12 pm/1 -5 pm)

Online: send ONE e-transfer of your total pledges collected to (In notes add your first/last name OR team name on the e-transfer) AND email your e-transfer confirmation number along with a copy of your completed pledge form to this email in order for us to complete tax receipts for your donors.

Liability to Participate

Upon registration for YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin’s Bike-A-Thon For A Cause, all participants are acknowledging that YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin is not responsible for any injury, personal injury, damage, property damage, expense, loss of income or loss of any kind suffered by a participant during, or as a result of, this event. Participants agree that they are aware of their own health and physical condition prior to participating and assume all risks connected to participating.


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How to Participate

Click the register here button to get started! (You may also register over the phone with credit card by calling our main office (519) 631-9800 during regular business hours.)

Each participant will set a personal kilometre goal, and choose to bike, walk or wheel that amount of kilometres to be completed between October 10 and October 17, 2020.

You are welcome to participate as a Team or an individual. Reporting of total number of KM’s will be based on either your Team total OR your individual total but not both.

Each individual must track their kilometres. Once the event is complete, participants must submit their total kilometres by filling out our Kilometre Reporting Form for a chance to win one of our many prizes!

Kilometre Reporting Form must be completed by Wednesday October 21, 2020 at midnight to be eligible for prizes.

Winners will be contacted and names published on our Facebook Event Page.

*If you are participating as part of a team, only one form submission per team is needed.

Be a Champion! Once you have completed your registration you may wish to also collect pledges toward your ride to further support the cause. See ‘pledges’ for details.

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Congratulations Karen Casey!

Winner of our Early-bird $100 gift certificate for Connections in Port Stanley.

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Prizes to be awarded based on three categories:

  1. A general draw for all participants (based on registration, not total km’s)
  2. Most completed km’s by an individual per age category*
  3. Most completed total km’s by a team

*Age categories: 0-12 years old, 13-25 years old, 26-54 years old, and 55+ years old

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Stay connected!

Stay connected with us throughout the entire event by joining our Facebook Event Page! Tips, inspiring stories, and more will be posted to help YOU stay motivated, connect with other riders or participants, and share your favourite routes.

We encourage you to use #YWCABikeForACause and share photos of you on your route or your team having fun and staying active.


Check out our week of challenges below and join the fun!

Challenge #1: Ride with PURPOSE

Discover your purpose behind your journey by dedicating your ride to someone or something. Post your purpose on our Facebook Event.


“I’m riding for all those who struggle again racism, poverty, and discrimination.” 

Challenge #2: Spread HAPPINESS

Send someone on your team or another rider a positive message or encouragement today.

Challenge #3: Cultivate GRATITUDE

What are you grateful for today? Do something nice for a neighbour, friend, or family member.

Challenge #4: EXPLORE new places!

Visit that place, walk that trail, or bike that path you’ve always wanted to explore. 

Challenge #5: THINK to Win

Tell yourself 5 affirmations today to help you beat the morning blues and get your peddles moving. 


“I am strong. I am worthy. I am a work in process. I am intelligent. I am capable.”

Challenge 6: Pause & REFLECT

Give yourself time today to pause and reflect. Embrace the quietness.

Challenge 7: Celebrate YOU

You’ve made it! Take a moment to celebrate where you’ve come from and where you are right now. We can’t thank you enough for joining our week-long virtual bike-a-thon. 

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact our main office at (519) 631-9800 or email us at

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