Beau’s Virtual Oktoberfest Ride 2020

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Beau’s Virtual Oktoberfest Ride 2020

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Virtual

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June 16, 2020 - October 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Register today to join us virtually, win great prizes and make a difference.

Every year, we look forward to coming together—across four regions—to bike to Beau’s Oktoberfest in support of vulnerable youth in our communities.

Though a physical event will not take place this year, the bike ride is too great of an experience to miss out on, and the need of homeless and vulnerable youth in our communities are too great to wait until 2021.

Virtual Event Details

WHEN: Our Beau’s Virtual Ride runs from June 16 until October 15.
You can raise funds and earn prizes until October 14.

WHERE: Since we will not be holding an in-person Ride this year, participants are not required to cycle to Vankleek Hill or cycle a specific route to qualify for prizing. You can cycle any distance, anywhere, with your family, whether outside or with your virtual cycling program. We ask participants to join our Strava group to share your rides, distances and win additional prizes.

HOW: Register as an individual or create a team with your friends and family. Early Bird Registration runs until July 15. Join our Facebook and Strava groups to be kept up to date with upcoming challenges and updates.

As a participant, you will receive:

  • A custom Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. cycling jersey
  • A Virtual Ride Kit
  • Great prizes for fundraising, including a chance to win your 2021 Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride Registration
  • Ongoing social media challenges to win additional prizes and swag

Register today and go the distance for United Way!

Early Bird Registration: $79 until July 15
Regular Registration: $99 until October 14.

Fundraising Prizes

In addition to your registration, you can raise additional funds that will help vulnerable youth in our communities. Packages are tiered according to the level of fundraising per participant, which is on top of your registration fee.

  • Registration fee plus $50 – $99: A Beau’s stein

  • Registration fee plus $100-$174: All of the above plus a Beau’s snapback

  • Registration fee plus $175-$299: All of the above plus 4 cans of Beau’s Beer

  • Registration fee plus $300-$499: All of the above plus 1 Beau’s sweatshirt

  • Registration fee plus $500+: All of the above plus free Registration to Beau’s 2021

  • Top Fundraiser: All of the above plus a Beau’s Keg Party at your home (equivalent quantity in cans)!

  • Top Team Fundraiser: All of the above plus a Beau’s Keg Party with your team (equivalent quantity in cans)!

Join our Facebook Page to learn about upcoming prize opportunities and updates.

Questions? Please contact Chelsea McLellan at 613-683-3796 or by email at cmclellan@unitedwayeo.ca

How to get involved:

  1. Click the “register now” button.
  2. Create and customize your own personal funding page, or create a team page and recruit members.
  3. Ask for support from your personal, professional and social networks – it’s as easy as a quick e-mail or Facebook post, sharing your fundraising page!
  4. Bike, have fun, and celebrate that you have made a difference in your community!

Need some help reaching your goal? Check out our fundraising tips in the Rider’s Toolkit below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you register for the Beau’s Oktoberfest Virtual Ride, you’ll be asked to join our Facebook and Strava groups so you don’t miss out on the latest updates, share your KMs and learn about the newest prize challenge.

For the Virtual Ride, you won’t be asked to complete a specific distance to become eligible for your jersey or prizes. You can ride anywhere, for as far you want, and you can ride alone or with your family. We ask that participants follow the latest advice and recommendations from your local health authorities with regards to physical distancing and appropriate safety parameters.

While you’re not obligated to cycle any particular distance, we encourage participants to challenge themselves and we’ll be spotlighting those who finish top in our Strava Leaderboard. We encourage participants to fundraise—the more that you raise, the more prizes that you can win! You can fundraise until our cutoff on October 14th . After the cutoff, you’re able to choose whether you want to pick your prizes up at Beau’s All Natural Brewery (10 Terry Fox Dr, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0), or you can choose to pay the shipping fees and have it shipped to your personal address.

Jerseys will arrive in September, where we will coordinate with registrants to ensure you get your jersey. More information to come soon as we’re still working these details out, but we’ll be sure to have options available.

When you raise money in support of United Way, you help fund local programs and initiatives that provide
youth in Ottawa experiencing homelessness with the education, personal and employment supports they need
to ease their transition into a more secure, permanent home. COVID-19 has affected all of us in ways that will
take our communities months, if not years, to recover from. Issues like youth homelessness existed prior to
the pandemic, but have only been magnified with the onset of COVID-19. However, new challenges are being
brought to the surface every day—making our role in helping to understand and solve these issues more
important than it has ever been.

The money that we raise during the Beau’s Virtual Ride is used to support youth like Lawai—learn more about
his story here.

Raising funds is not mandatory to participate in the event, but the more you raise, the more prizes that you can win! For example, if you manage to raise $50, you’ll win a Beau’s stein. You have until October 14 to raise as much as you can to support youth homelessness.

All donations will support United Way’s vital work to provide youth with the education, personal and employment supports they need to ease their transition into a more secure, permanent home.. With your help, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.

As a participant, you will receive:

  • A custom Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. cycling jersey
  • A Beau’s Poster
  • A Virtual Ride Kit
  • Great prizes for fundraising, including a chance to win your 2021 Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride Registration
  • Ongoing social media challenges to win additional prizes and swag
Take a look at our Rider’s Toolkit for fundraising tips, email templates, social media posts, visuals and more!

Absolutely! You can register for this event as an individual or you can create your team and invite your friends and family to participate and fundraise together. As part of our prizing, we’ll award the team that fundraises the most with a Beau’s Keg Party (the winning team will receive their prize in cans).

When you get to the second step in the registration process, you’ll be prompted to either register as an individual, join a team, or create a team. Create your team if it doesn’t already exist and share your team name with your teammates so they search and join during the registration process.

Yes, everyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt.

Note: The registration fee is not tax receiptable, as per Canada Revenue Agency rules.

The registration fee includes the cost of your custom Beau’s jersey and poster that you receive as part of your registration. It also helps to cover the administrative cost of organizing this event.

You will receive additional information about your prize pick up closer to the fundraising cutoff (October 14). 

You will be given the option to collect your prize haul in person at Beau’s All Natural Brewery (10 Terry Fox Dr, Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0) or you can opt to pay the cost of shipping to receive your prizes at your personal address.

Sizes are listed in the chart below:

Sizes of jersey's

With our Ride going virtual, participants are not required to bike a specific distance for this event. This is an opportunity to make this year’s ride your own! You can ride anywhere, for as far you want! You can set distance goals for yourself! You can ride alone or you can make it a family affair! 

We ask that participants follow the latest advice and recommendations from your local health professionals with regards to physical distancing and safety parameters. 

For questions about the Beau’s Oktoberfest Virtual Ride, please contact Chelsea at 613-683-3796 or cmclellan@unitedwayeo.ca

Rider's Toolkit

JOIN MY TEAM E-MAIL

Subject: Join me in the Beau’s Virtual Ride to help end youth homelessness

 

Join our team for the Beau’s Oktoberfest Virtual Ride! Gear up for a fantastic experience while helping youth in our communities move off the streets for good.

All funds raised will support United Way’s advocacy, collaboration and investments that provide local youth experiencing homelessness with the education, personal, and employment supports they need to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home.

Though a physical festival will not be happening this year, we can still create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life (and win awesome Beau’s prizes)! Our support is more important now than ever before, since the challenges facing youth are so much greater due to the effects of COVID-19.

I hope you’ll join [TEAM NAME] today and help make a difference. Join now!

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FUNDRAISING E-MAIL

Subject: Help me as I cycle to help end youth homelessness

This year, I’m participating in the Beau’s Oktoberfest Virtual Ride that will help move our city’s homeless youth off the streets for good.

My goal is to raise $XX and I’d love your support to help me get there.

Did you know that the mortality rate for a homeless youth is 40 times that of a young person living at home? Your donation will help fund programs and initiatives that provide local youth experiencing homelessness with the education, personal, and employment supports they need to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. By supporting United Way, we’re able to get at the root of the issue and create long-term solutions that end youth homelessness for good.

This not only shuts the door to chronic adult homelessness—it saves lives.

With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life. To find out more, visit unitedwayeo.ca/youth-homelessness.

I hope you can support me today and help make a difference.

Make a donation

You can help end youth homelessness.

In Ottawa, approximately 1,200 youth experience some form of homelessness each year. The donations you raise will help provide our region’s youth with education, personal, and employment supports to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.

It’s exciting to think about the size of your social network and what change you can make possible by inspiring them to care about the cause that is so important to you. Therefore, we have some tips for you to ensure that no stone is left unturned!

  • Make a donation yourself: Make a gift of $20 to get things started. Now you only need to ask 5 more people to help you reach your goal.
  • Family: Brother, Sister, Mom or Dad. Ask at least one of them for a $30. You never know, they might donate more!
  • Friends: What are friends for? Well, in this case, they can give you $20 to help your goal.
  • Co-Workers: Ask one co-worker to help support your goal by donating $10.
  • Neighbours: Ask two of your neighbours for a $10 donation each.

In addition to simply asking for a gift, there are all sorts of fun ways you can raise money as a team or individually. Physical distancing may make things like bake sales or garage sales a bit more challenging, but now’s the time to get creative!

Take advantage of our social media images and post suggestions to make virtual fundraising your best friend.

To help you along your way, here are some social media posts to get you started. Just copy and paste!

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Support me as I participate in this year’s @beausallnatural Virtual Ride. Funds raised will help end youth homelessness in our region. Donate Now

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Support my @beausallnatural Virtual Ride to help give local youth experiencing homelessness a chance at a more stable life. Give Now: .

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COVID-19 has meant the challenges facing local homeless youth are amplified. Support my @beausallnatural Virtual Ride—our community’s most vulnerable needs our help now, more than ever!

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Images (right-click to save):

We’re excited to introduce the Beau’s Oktoberfest Virtual Ride BINGO card!

Each BINGO tile includes an activity/task that you would need to complete to “check” the box. Once you’re able to check enough boxes to fill a line, take a screenshot and send it back to us by e-mail or post it on social media with #BeausVirtualBingo and tag @unitedwayeo to qualify for a prize.

You have until October 15th at 11:00AM to complete a line in the BINGO card and send it back to us.

We want to spotlight you participating in our Virtual Bingo! Tag us on social media completing tasks and tiles – we love sharing the great things you’re doing with the community!

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get involved in making a difference for those who need it most?

We are looking for volunteers (19+ years) to support the event on Saturday, September 21 from 7:30am until 3:30pm and Sunday, September 22 from 9am until 11am. Volunteers will be supporting participant registration, loading rider bags, organizing riders for departures, snack and water duty, bike loading and checking in with participants to make sure they’re enjoying their experience.

On Saturday, September 21, volunteer shifts will run during the hours of 7:30am to 3:30pm and includes a ride to Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill. A complimentary Beau’s shuttle bus to 300 Coventry Rd and Downtown Ottawa (Corner of Rideau/Cumberland) leaves every 15 minutes until 9pm from Oktoberfest on Saturday.

All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, snacks and food, and a complimentary ticket to attend Beau’s Oktoberfest!

Volunteers interested in volunteering with a friend or as a team are welcome! For further information, please contact Stephanie at stephaniesmith@unitedwayeo.ca

Get involved and make a difference in your community!

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