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Spin For Life is one of the few cancer fundraisers that hasn’t been cancelled in 2020. Your safety is our absolute priority. Participate at home or in small groups in a spin studio “Hub” on Nov. 21, 2020. No matter where you are around the globe, we’ll all be connected digitally through a live broadcast. 

Every dollar donated through Spin For Life benefits the Canadian Cancer Society. 

Spin For Life is an indoor cycling event raising needed funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Click here to register today. You can even start or join a corporate or community team. Start training and start fundraising. (Each participant commits to raising a minimum of $250 in 2020).

November 21, 2020 is event day!

The event is an 8-hour spinning relay (indoor cycling). We want you to spin your heart out for one hour and then somebody else will take over your position.

You can participate with your own spin bike at home or in one of our spin studio “hubs”. We’ll all be connected by the live stream event broadcast — so you and your team can participate from anywhere in the world!

Our goal: cycle around the circumference of the globe together in just 8 hours!

Donations go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society — 100%.

And no event costs get billed out of donations. We hate it when donations pay for the event. Just like you, we want donations to fund cancer research and care. So that’s what they do. 100%. Always.

Donors can choose to allocate their donation to a number of key Canadian Cancer Society programs including regional research grants, clinical trials, patient travel, and COVID-19 emergency cancer funds. Find out more here.

Sponsors, patrons, and registration fees.

Like we said above: we never cover event costs by taking from donations.

Spin For Life is a third-party organization (meaning we are not the property of the Canadian Cancer Society) but we do exist expressly to fundraise for the CCS. This allows us to be very clear about where money goes — donations go to the CCS, sponsorships and fees come to Spin to pay for the event and marketing (which motivates more donations to the CCS).

Have we mentioned, we love our sponsors?!

 

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Registration costs $15.

*2020 is a weird year so our usual fees and minimums have changed but we hope you find them even more accessible.

And if you were registered for a completely different cancer event that has been cancelled due to the pandemic, we will “adopt” you and waive your registration fee. #spinfam

Once registered, you’ll have your very own fundraising profile page. You can customize it and share it on social media or by email.

Ask your friends, family, colleagues, or friendly strangers to donate to your Spin For Life fundraising campaign — you can send them the link to your Spin profile or they can search your name after clicking the “Donate” button on spinforlife.ca.

To participate on November 21, 2020 you’ll have to raise a minimum of $250.

There is a $15 registration fee and you commit to raising a minimum of $250 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

*Lots of cancer events have been cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. If you were registered for a different cancer fundraiser, indicate that on the Spin For Life registration form and we will waive your registration fee. We want all of the cancer community to find a home in Spin For Life.

All abilities are welcome!

Don’t get us wrong, spinning for an hour is hard work, but we constantly strive to make Spin For Life as inclusive as possible.

Indoor cycling is low risk, the bike is stationary, you can do it in shorts and running shoes, and you can adapt how hard are you are pedalling at any given moment.

We also work with great partners who help identify adaptive spinning options like arm bikes and low-impact floor pedallers.

In a Hub, NO. At home, YES.

Spin For Life is a digital relay around the world. Every hour, a new group of Spinners takes on the challenge.

If you choose to participate at a spin studio Hub, you’ll spin for your chosen hour.

If you choose to participate from home, YES, you can spin as many of the 8 hours as you like — provided you aren’t planning to share your bike with other family members who need to spin their hours!

In a Hub, NO. At home, YES.

We have a growing list of spin studios, cycling gyms and fitness centres across Canada and around the world that are partnering with Spin For Life to be our Spin Day “Hubs” on November 21, 2020. About a month before the event we’ll prompt you to select which “Hub” you would like to spin in. If you choose to spin at a “Hub”, the bike will be there waiting for you.

If you have a stationary bike and internet connection at home, you can choose to participate at home. You’ll be able to access all of the event content and fitness instruction digitally through a private link we send you.

 

Our minimum age requirement is 6 years old. So long as you have guardian permission and can correctly fit the spin bike that you’ll be using, we welcome you to participate!

Please note that some of our spin studio Hubs have minimum age requirements that differ from our own (typically because of insurance reasons).

We have no upper age limit. So gather your oldest fellows and come spin!

Digitally, YES. In person, NO.

To follow the safest practices during the COVID-19 pandemic we are limiting in-person interaction at Spin Day Hubs to Spinners, volunteers, and necessary support personnel. 

That said, Spin For Life will be live streamed worldwide for any of your donors, friends, and supporters to watch. They’ll be able to comment on the stream to send you and all other Spinners well wishes.

You can participate from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection and access to an indoor bike!

The entire Spin For Life event including all of the spin instruction, cancer stories, and around-the-world journey is broadcast online. 

Spin from your own bike at home or choose to participate in one of our growing list of spin studio Hubs across Canada and the globe.

In future years, when the pandemic is no longer affecting our daily lives, Spin For Life will be hosted at AirSprint Private Aviation’s very cool airplane hangar in Calgary, Canada. If you’re not in Calgary, you’ll still be able to participate digitally from anywhere in the world!

First things first, when somebody wants to donate, we ask them which participant they want their funds donated on behalf of. So, if your grandma wants to donate to your Spin, she searches for your name / participant profile on the Spin For Life website and clicks the donate button on your page (or you’ve sent her the direct link already). If your grandma wants to donate on behalf of your friend Larry, she’ll go to Larry’s page. Either way, your grandma gets the tax receipt.

If you need help fundraising, our Spin For Life team is here to help. We have text and email templates that you can work from when you ask family, friends and coworkers for donations, but we also have a wealth of ideas and support systems to help you raise funds by hosting events, busking, mobilizing social media — we’re here to help — but, ultimately, you need to be prepared to go out on a limb and ask people to commit to a cancer cause you care about.

You can donate directly through the Spin For Life website by clicking here. Once on that page you can search for which participant or team campaign you’d like to contribute to, click through to their profile, select a donation amount from their page (or choose to enter your own amount), fill out the necessary tax and credit card information and voila!

If you prefer donating by phone, mail or in person, call us at 1-888-508-9277, print out a donation form (using the below button) or visit the Spin For Life team at the Canadian Cancer Society office at 200, 325 Manning Road NE in Calgary, Alberta.

Tax receipts for eligible donations will be issued through the Spin For Life website on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society. If eligible, receipts are sent approximately one week after a donation is made.

YES! We need lots of volunteers. Join the newsletter and we’ll keep you up to date with how to sign up to volunteer.

Yes, Spin For Life was originally scheduled for April 4, 2020. The date was moved to October 17, 2020, after consultation with our participants, sponsors, and the Canadian Cancer Society.

This new date gives everyone more time to maximize their impact and raise more money. For more information about this change of date, a video from our co-founder, and answers to questions that you might have, head over to our blog post about the change.

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