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  • Meet our generous sponsors

  • Big Heart Challange
  • Your Team Captain Kit
  • How to raise $250 in 10 days
  • SaskEnergy's support 
  • Personal story: Deb Bosch, Paradise Hill, SK  

    Team captain kit

    •  Encourage your team members to register to fundraise online at bigbike.ca so friends and family can give their support.
    • Your Team Campaign Kit contents:
      • Captains Guidelines
        This piece is a tool for our valued Captains to support and equip them with the necessary information to ensure a successful event.
      • Recruitment Flyers
        The recruitment flyer is meant to be a teaser piece.  Captains will distribute these to potential teammates to generate a buzz about the event.
      • Event Day Posters (2) to promote the event
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        he poster should be posted in a high traffic, highly visible area.  Captains should include their contact information and event details on the poster. 
      • Seating Chart to keep track of team members.
        Captains can quickly reference this tracking tool to determine how close they are to filling the bike. This F12 Seating chart is meant to be used as an organizational tool for the Captain.  
      • Pledge Envelopes to garner offline donations (cash and cheques) and show the grand total
        Captains distribute one envelope per participant to enable their organized fundraising.
      • Master Record Sheet
        The Master Record Sheet is a tracking sheet that allows Captains to tally up each team members’ donations and lets event day volunteers determine what fundraising level prize they can be awarded.   
      • Health Information and Workplace Wellness Info 
        This allows Captains and their teammates to learn more about living an active, healthy lifestyle.  Learn more about the Heart&Stroke Making it Happen program.
         
      • Spirit Award Info
        Teams will be invited to compete to win a Spirit Award based on specific criteria related to team spirit, team recruitment and fundraising.

     

    SaskEnergy's Support 2011

    Thank you SaskEnergy for 10 years of title sponsor support!

    SaskEnergy, has been with us now for 10 wonderful years and we are very grateful for their continued generous support! Their corporate sponsorship over the last 10 years has allowed us to expand the scope of our Big Bike program, to raise a significant amount of funds, and ultimately, to increase our investment in our mission.

    We were thrilled to have the opportunity to present SaskEnergy with a recognition award for their 10th year as our Big Bike title sponsor at the 2011 Big Bike Kick-Off in May at Wal-Mart’s Stonegate location in Saskatoon. This event was hosted by Honourary Big Bike Captain and Saskatchewan Roughrider Assistant Coach Jeremy O’Day, and featured a heart-healthy fundraising barbecue for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

    Our vision – our dream – is to reduce incidence of heart disease and stroke by 25% by 2020. We are making brilliant strides towards this goal, and we thank SaskEnergy for helping us accomplish so much. With research on the brink of so many amazing new ways to prevent and treat this disease, a sponsorship such as theirs, is a gift of hope. We look forward to working with SaskEnergy for many years to come.

    We are especially grateful for their sponsorship because, even though we have come so far, heart disease and stroke still take 1 in 3 Canadians before their time, and it remains the # 1 killer of women. There is still so much more we must do.

    Thank you, SaskEnergy, for supporting this vitally important cause. You’re helping to improve the health of our families and the hearts of our communities.

    Personal story: Deb Bosch, Paradise Hill, SK

    Saying that Deb Bosch of Paradise Hill, SK has a history of heart disease in her family is an understatement to say the least.  Her father was 55 and her sister was 37 when they had fatal heart attacks.  Her mother was in her 70s, another sister in her 50s and a niece was 40 when they each had triple bypass surgery.  It is Deb’s hope to end this tragic pattern in her family.  In May 2009, Deb visited her sister in nearby Edam, SK to watch the community’s Heart&Stroke Big Bike event, but could not participate as she was waiting to have quadruple bypass surgery in June at the age of 52. 

    Now recovered from her surgery, Deb formed the first Big Bike team in Paradise Hill and says, “I know without these surgeries we wouldn't be here today. We give thanks to the Heart and Stroke Foundation that works so hard to continue funding research and education. Riding the Big Bike is making people more aware of what can be done to prevent heart disease.”

    In 2010, Edam and Paradise Hill challenged each other to see which community can raise awareness and the most funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Both communities have populations of fewer than 500 people, are full of spirit, and know all too well why they give support to Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Good luck teams and pleasant pedaling!