The Ride

Local 1944 is looking for members to join in their "Steel on Wheels" team for The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® Presented by Evraz (or The Ride), on August 17-18, 2019.

What is The Ride?

Since 2009, the Alberta Cancer Foundation has been raising donations for Cancer research through The Ride. This is a 200 km bike ride in Southern Alberta. All of the donations received are used in Alberta; over $75 million dollars have been raised to support the 17 cancer centres across the province since the first Ride.

Join our "Steel on Wheels" Team!

Are you interested in joining The Ride with Local 1944? Contact us at [email protected]. This will be a great opportunity to build strong relationships with other union activists through community action.

How you can participate

What you need to know about The Ride

  • Every Rider has to raise $2,500 in order to participate.
  • Funds raised through The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® are powering research, clinical trials and enhanced care programs.
  • Every Rider will be provided with a personal webpage for fundraising.
  • All expenses are covered for: Riders are bussed to the camp, where accommodation and meals are provided.
  • Throughout the weekend, Riders' health and safety are taken care of, with vehicle suites and doctors on site.

Why is Local 1944 getting involved in The Ride?

The facts are as follows: 50% of Canadians will be personally affected by cancer at least once over the course of their lives. That means cancer will impact 50% of our coworkers and friends' health in our workplaces. Considering these statistics, Local 1944 believes cancer research is also a union issue.

What kind of experience is The Ride?

"Having participated in 10 of the 11 years I can say it is an inspirational, emotional and challenging weekend," said Sheila Brown-Eckersley, from Unit 203 in Calgary. "I began this journey in 2009 as a way to recover from my Mother’s death from Pancreatic Cancer in 2007."

$2,500 is a lot of money, what if I cannot raise the sum before August?

"Raising money will be a lot easier and faster than you think," says Sheila. "It's not as if you were asking money for yourself: you are asking money for a good cause, that affects 1 in 2 Canadians. Your friends and family will be happy to help, but also your neighbours, coworkers, and employer. The first step is to include The Ride email badge in your emails. Also, keep in mind that it is easier to raise money as a team than as an individual Rider, simply because we achieve more when we work together."

"Fundraisers I have done include selling my home-canned goods, a garage sale where several friends helped by adding items for sale, a 50/50 draw at work as well as a spin and raise where I helped team One Aim raise money but riding in a group public spin session at a Calgary Mall,""I know of several groups that have joined with local bars to have a fundraising night, I also ask everyone that I know to help out even in a small way since they get a tax receipt for any donation over 10$."

What if I'm not an experienced Rider?

"This is not a race, and the people you will meet during The Ride are not here for the competition. During this weekend, you will be supported, you will meet people with who you will be able to share your story. Everybody works towards the same cause: saving lives through cancer research."

How can I boost my training?

"Here's a very simple idea: download a training application! It really does the trick. I also like training with my husband, who rides with me."

Get Inspired!

Not 100% convinced yet? Watch The Ride inspiring video at http://1944.fyi/sqrkJn.