We are here to HELP!
PHP’s Wine Country Bike Trek (WCBT) Event Manager is available to answer any questions and guide you during your fundraising, training and preparation for the trek.
Here’s a few tips to get you started:
- Clarify why you’ve committed to doing the WCBT and TELL EVERYONE! The trek is a fundraiser for People Helping People and every dollar raised helps us continue to provide basic needs and emergency support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Take pride in your commitment to the trek and spread the word!
- Get on that bike! Here’s a guide to proper training.
- Create and implement a successful fundraising plan to help meet and exceed your fundraising plan. See more tools below.
- Review the WCBT website and join us on Facebook for important dates, policies, and what to expect on the trek.
An Important Note About Fundraising
Participants are most successful when they ask for their first donation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Asking others to support you now is an immediate statement to them, and to yourself, of your commitment.
On this website you’ll find an abundance of resources and information about the event. If you have friends and family who want to join you on the WCBT, this is also a great place for them to get more information. Join us on Facebook for the most recent updates, along with photos and video from past treks.
- Many riders are successful by emailing or mailing letters to family and friends. Write your own letter or download a template here, include a return envelope (if you can), and a pledge form already filled out with the sponsor’s name and address. It really works!
- Share your fundraising page on your social media accounts. After you’ve registered online you’ll receive a fundraising page that can be customized. Tell your friends, family and followers why you’re riding and how they can support you! Create regular updates on your training and fundraising progress to keep your supporters engaged and cheering you on!
- Don’t forget to ask people and places where you do business. They can be great sources of donation—your dentist, doctor, barista, hairdresser, dog walker, etc.
- Some businesses will match pledges. Ask your employer if they offer a matching gift program.
- Game tournament – Have players pay an entry fee to compete in a tournament for a donated prize. Groups can easily raise funds within a narrow time frame. The game can be anything from one-on-one basketball to Scrabble. Ask a business you frequent to donate the prize. Invite friends and family to participate and encourage them to bring people. Download free tournament bracket sheets online and let the games begin!
- Party or coffee reception – Have guests pay a “donation fee” to attend a fundraising party held in your home. Keep a donation jar out for people to drop money into during the event. This is a great time to share the WCBT video and tell your friends why you’re riding. Sharing a compelling story helps to increase those donations!
- Have a bake sale at your office – This has been a very successful method for team fundraising. Not only are people helping you out, they are also getting a yummy treat!