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Inside Ride 2014

Update 10/23/14: The event raised just over $12,000 for our families! If you would still like to support us, the fundraising site (link below) remains open and accepting donations until the end of the year – it’s not too late to help!

Congratulations to the top teams who won medals for Best Team Spirit (Playdium PlayMasters), Best Team Costume (MDS Angels), Top Team Mileage (Mississauga Chargers), and the Top Fundraising Team (Sarina’s Superheros)! Many thanks to all of our wonderful teams and cyclists, volunteers, and Ambassador Families who came out to support us! Also, to the great guys of the Mississauga Chargers hockey team for coming out to volunteer and going the extra mile by even putting in a team! Sincere gratitude to Coast to Coast and their sponsors, Playdium for hosting the event and also putting in a team, Nestle Waters Canada for sponsoring the bottled waters, and St. John’s Ambulance for providing medics. Thanks to the media who came out to cover the event (we’ll post links to their articles and videos as soon as they are available) and to special guests Mississauga Mayoral candidates Steve Mahoney, Stephen King, and Kevin “Jackal” Johnston who took the time to show their support for our cause.

You can see photos from the event here (Photos courtesy of OPACC, Coast to Coast, and the Mississauga Chargers)

You can see a couple of short video clips here and here (Courtesy of OPACC)

Update 11/3/14: Click here to see photos from SNAP North Mississauga

Update 11/7/14: Click here to see a video news segment from 519 Online News (runs from beginning to 1:58)

Final update 12/23/14: The final tally is in and you helped us raise a whopping $28,943.89 at our 2014 Toronto Inside Ride – thank you!!!

In 2013, you helped OPACC raise nearly $35,000 to help children with cancer in our communities! This year, we challenge you once again to help us raise even more: Be an OPACC champion supporting all our heroes and join with us at the Toronto Inside Ride 2014!

OPACC and the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation are teaming up again on Saturday, October 18th 2014! Get ready to raise the roof as we raise awareness and support for kids and teens with cancer in your local community. Read more about it here:

Location: Playdium Sports Dome, 99 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga

The Inside Ride is Canada’s first indoor and outdoor stationary cycling challenge and fundraising event dedicated solely to raising funds in support of children and their families living with and beyond childhood cancer. This year, OPACC will once again be the beneficiary of all proceeds raised from the Toronto event – a great opportunity for everyone to come together and raise much needed funds for us to continue our work! This team-based cycling challenge is not an athletic competition, but a fun, safe, and energizing experience for all participants and volunteers alike. 100% of receipted donations will go directly to OPACC!

Event schedule:
  • 11:00am – Team Captain check-in

  • 11:45am – Teams to their bikes for orientation

  • 12:00pm – Opening ceremony & dedication.

  • 12:10pm – We Ride! 6 rounds of cycling, 5 minutes each, at a fun pace. There’s a break between rounds to switch.

  • 1:00pm – Awards and Thank You’s wrap up a meaningful day.

More information:
  • Check out a fun video of last year’s event here (Rogers TV “Access Peel” segment) to get an idea of what’s involved!

  • You can also see pictures of last year’s event here (OPACC’s photos), here (Mississauga News), and here (SNAP North Mississauga)!

  • Here‘s a video of the 2012 ride!

  • For a general overview of what an Inside Ride event looks like and what’s involved, check out this PowerPoint presentation!

How you can participate:

1. Create a team of your own on the Toronto Inside Ride website (click the “Sign Up” button) and fundraise. Have fun and be creative! Teams of up to six cyclists ride for just 5 minutes each and compete for medals for Best Team Spirit, Best Team Costume, Top Team Mileage, and Fundraising Awards, while fast-paced lively music and an emcee keep the energy flowing!

Tip: Click here for a flyer with instructions on signing up a team!

Download a pledge form here.

Need fundraising ideas?? Check out this flyer with fantastic tips, including how you can raise $1,000 in 7 days!!

More tips:

As an added incentive, OPACC will be providing every team member on teams who meet their overall team fundraising goal (suggested minimum: $170/cyclist or $1,000/team) with Playdium Playcards (worth 150 Playdium credits)!


2. Join an existing team as a cyclist (Visit the Toronto Inside Ride website, click “Search for a Team”, select the Toronto location, click on the team name that you want to join, then click the “Join This Team” button and follow the instructions)


3. If you can’t be there in person, consider a donation (donations of $20 or more are eligible for a Tax Receipt)! The funds raised during this event will go to OPACC’s overall fund for our programs and member groups. Visit the Toronto Inside Ride website and click “Make a direct donation.”

If you’d like to pledge a particular team and/or individual team rider, search for the team that you want to pledge (as per the instructions in #2 above), then click the “Sponsor a Team” button to sponsor the team or click on the individual rider you want to support and then click the “Sponsor Me” button.


4. Volunteer! We have a variety of shifts and positions available between 9am-2:30pm

Available positions before, during, and after the event:

  • Set Up (9 a.m.-11 a.m.) and Tear Down (1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.): Must be able to lift and carry bikes, mats, speakers, trainers and other gear (can avoid heavy items if need be); support setup or tear down of bike plates, clipboards, etc.; must be able to follow directions and safety instructions as outlined by Inside Ride Crew

  • Food & Beverage Team (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.): Sets up any provided water and food; keeps water replenished; ensures garbage and recycling containers are nearby and being used; helps pack up or hand out extra food or snacks post-event

  • General floaters (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Able to help out as needed

Let us know if you have a particular area & time of preference!

You will get:

  • A volunteer t-shirt

  • Water and snacks

  • A medal for the top volunteer fundraiser (we encourage our volunteers to fundraise!)

  • The feeling of doing something amazing to help support kids with cancer!

To register as a volunteer, follow these quick & easy steps:

1. Go to the website at

2. Click the “Sign Up” button and agree to the online waiver (if under 19 years old, please bring a printed waiver signed by a guardian – kids needing to fulfill community service hours are welcome!)

3. Register as an individual, select “Volunteer,” and follow the instructions

If you have any questions, please contact

Special note for our families:

We encourage families to create their own teams, come on out, and have fun!

However, we also know that many of our families would like to help, but are limited by their financial situation and/or their child’s health situation. We want to make it as easy as possible for you:

  • While reaching a fundraising goal would be ideal, we just want to see our families out riding with us on that day, so please don’t feel pressured to meet a minimum amount – just raise whatever funds you can and come ride with us!

  • If you can’t form a team of your own, we will find you a team to ride with!

  • And if you can’t come out at all, please consider at least sharing this information with your network of family, friends, and colleagues who would be interested in creating a team and riding on your behalf! Here is a letter that you can share with them to introduce them to the Inside Ride.

  • Finally, you can also consider volunteering – we are in need of volunteers and have a variety of positions and shifts available!

View event videos:

Special thanks to the following:

Playdium for hosting the event and going above and beyond by entering a team!

Nestle Waters Canada for sponsoring the bottled water for the event!

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