Team Captains play a vital role in the RIDE. Whether you are already signed up or considering taking the plunge, here are some tips and tools to help you in your role.
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Recruit Your Team
The more team members you recruit, inspire and get engaged, the more money you'll raise for the charity you are walking for. So, think about who you want to invite to join you on RIDE Day.
What about your..
- Spouse/partner? Of course, they'll join your team. Tell them it's a date - then surprise them with the news they're about to spend it with hundreds of other sweaty people wearing spandex - they'll never forget the moment you asked...
- (Kids)) Why not right? What a learning opportunity. The issues of the displaced, vulnerable or exploited are so important - what a great way for them to learn.
- Siblings You've got a couple on your nice list right? Great - now put them on your recruitment list.
- Mom or Dad? Before you were born they used to have a life and did stuff, and had fun - and stuff - so ask them)
- Work people Yeah, that's a term. All week long they keep thinking how wonderful you are - you might as well invite them onto your team and prove their assumptions correct!
- Neighbours? You shoveled their driveway all last winter - they kind of owe you - invite them)
- Friends? Exactly - they'd love to join you because you're the most bestest bestie for life friend in the whole wide world.
- Boss? She'd be soooo impressed but then even more impressed when she finds out you didn't invite her to impress her...
- Pastor Tell them they can wear their vestments on the walk, if they want.
- Classmates? Save them from a Saturday morning of Netflix binging and help them do something fun and meaningful.
- Church or small group These folks are great fun and might love to ride or walk for a few hours on a Saturday. Tell them it's a potluck though - church people LOVE potlucks.
- Pilates instructor, yoga friend, the guy beside you on the bus every morning (Joe something), your favourite barista at SBUX who always remembers your order, your accountant, your lawyer (our causes are a matter of justice - they should be all over it), your doctor, dentist, or do-gooder-friend-at-the-club-who-is-always-helping-somebody - the list is endless. Enjoy the brainstorming.
We know you know this but it bears repeating, the Ride for Refuge is a fundraiser. Keep that gracefully but intentionally in front of your teammates at every step of the campaign
Celebrate key milestones like 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of goal. Lead the way with your own fundraising campaign. Reach out to struggling team members and give them a hug, boost, kick or kiss - whatever it takes to get them on track. Share the great (and hilarious) fundraising training videos with your whole team,
Cheer On Your Team
Team Captains are the secret sauce in team chemistry
Celebrate the small victories and big milestones your team accomplishes. Reach out to your team when a new member joins, or when you reach your fundraising goal, or when a teammate brings in a big donation (or their first donation!) We offer a variety of tools to allow Captains to update and prompt their teammates to fundraise and recruit others.
- Using the email system in the FundHub under Team>Email Team, send a message to your whole team to tell them about any new members, milestones reached, or weekly goals.
- Send individual messages to teammates by viewing their public fundraising pages and using the Message Board at the bottom of the screen.
- If you know your teammates well, use other means to encourage them as well - use Facebook, email, text, or sit down with a mug of hot cocoa and chat face-to-face. It's all good.
WALK Day Duties
After all the work you've done, make sure you finish strong on RIDE Day
Some important reminders for you:
- Communicate where everyone will meet - don't let people get lost among the crowd.
- Remind everyone to get their cash and cheque pledges entered into the online system on Friday at latest - the sooner the better actually, since it encourages everyone to see the thermometer going up, up, up...
- Gather your team together for a team selfie or group shot - capture the moment before you walk and if you dare, after the walk too. Both will be memorable keep-sake shots.
- Follow-up with one or two final email or text message blasts - be certain to thank each of them personally for their efforts.