As of now, registration is still open and the Elephant Rock weekend is still scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, with the main ride on Sunday the 7th.
Of course, COVID-19 has thrown a big monkey wrench into the works, but with new government guidelines expected in the next four to six weeks, Elephant Rock organizers plan to make a final determination soon, but no later than May 8.
Meanwhile, riders with a heart for the children of Zimbabwe wait in limbo, wondering if it's possible to make concrete plans with so many unknowns. For you, we have good news.
You can decide now to help the children no matter what.
You don't have to wait for decisions to be made in May. We encourage you to decide now that, on June 7, you are going to make a difference, whether you're out on your bicycle or still quarantined in your home.
Team Zimbabwe planners have been working hard to develop a way for you to participate safely, and raise funds for these desperate children, no matter what happens with Elephant Rock.
By clicking the link above, you can now set up your fundraising page and use it whether or not you're actually registered to ride. If Elephant Rock is cancelled, you won't need to register at all, but you'll still be able to raise funds. If Elephant Rock does go on as planned, you will need to register, but you can do that after the decision is made in May. We'll send you an email to make it easy.
The most important thing is
to set up your fundraising page, so that you can keep all your supporters
updated on how you'll be riding and why you'll be riding – because children's lives depend on it.
Real ride, or virtual ride, either way the children win.
As you know, Team Zimbabwe rides the Elephant Rock every year to help bring hope to about 800 orphans and vulnerable children at Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care in rural Zimbabwe. These children depend on us for daily meals, medical support, school fees and much, much more.
One thing we know for sure, whether Elephant Rock is cancelled or not, these children need our help.
So please don't let those days in June get filled in with other commitments. Commit now to ride with Team Zimbabwe, whether you ride for real or ride "virtually."
If you're actually out riding on June 7, great. Maybe you'll be riding in the Elephant Rock. Or maybe you'll be riding a course you've set out for yourself, keeping a good social distance from others. It doesn't matter. Ride like these children's lives depend on it – because they do.
If you're still on lock-down at home, and all you have is a pedal machine and an easy chair, ride like the children's lives depend on it – because they do.
Heck, you can lie on your
back and pedal the air if that's what it takes.
Decide now, that the coronavirus will not stop you from helping the children. Make the commitment to ride with Team Zimbabwe on June 7 no matter what.
*If you've already registered, and if Elephant Rock ultimately is cancelled, we're confident your registration fee will be refunded. Regardless, we encourage you to keep your fundraising page active and use it to contact everyone you know who might be able to contribute.
**If you still want to register, scroll down to "Registration Instructions" below.
Setting up your own fundraising page, simply and easy. Just click this link to begin.
To ride with Team Zimbabwe, you will need to raise a minimum of $100. Normally you would have to raise more to ride with the latest jersey, but this year, to save on expenses, we will not have new jerseys. Jerseys from previous years will be available at your request. If you already have a jersey from a prior year, wear it proudly when you ride (or ride virtually)!
We're encouraging you to accept our challenge to go farther and higher. Be bold! Raise funds above and beyond the $100 minimum. Be a champion fundraiser, and help bring hope to the orphans.
When you click "REGISTER NOW" at the bottom of this section, you'll be taken to the Elephant Rock events.com registration page. The online registration form is pretty self explanatory, but you'll find it much easier if you read and follow the instructions below. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie at 720-289-2090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, on the events.com registration page, scroll down and select the length of the course you wish to ride. Click the plus sign once to indicate you're registering for one person – yourself. Click again if you're also registering for someone else. Note that for each length of ride, there is a line to register an adult, and a separate line to register a person 18 or under – and that person can be registered for free.
Once you have selected your course, scroll to the bottom and click "register now." That will take you to the next page entitled "Buyer Information."
"Buyer Information" Section
At the top of this page, you should see "Team Zimbabwe 2020." Please note you do NOT have to log in, just continue by filling in your Buyer Information. Be sure to fill in your date of birth, gender, phone, address, and emergency contact info.
"Event Questions" Section
Please note that all these questions are optional. You can skip this if you like.
"Initial to Agree" Section
Here, you will need to type your initials in several boxes to indicate you understand all the important issues and to sign the waiver. Then you'll have to check the box to acknowledge you have read and agree to the waiver.
"Attendee Items" Section
Here's where you will indicate what size Elephant Rock T-Shirt you would like, and what you would like for lunch. Both of these items are included in the price of your registration at no extra charge.
"Attendee Protection" Section
Here you are offered insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances that could prevent you from attending the event. You must accept of decline this insurance before moving on.
"Other Stuff" Section
Here, you'll have opportunities to purchase a lot of other Elephant Rock merchandise, starting with this year's Elephant Rock jersey. Note this is NOT the Team Zimbabwe jersey. You'll be able to secure your Team Zimbabwe jersey when you set up your Team Zimbabwe fundraising page. You are not required to purchase any of these items. If you do, the item will be added to your cart and you will pay for it at checkout.
"Invite Your Friends Now!" Section
This allows you to share all this with a friend through email. Again, this is optional, you can skip it if you want.
"Order Summary" Section
Here's your chance to make sure that everything you selected is duly noted. Check it carefully, then click to submit your order.
When you have submitted your order, you will receive a confirmation email from Elephant Rock, and Team Zimbabwe will be notified of your registration.
Expect an email from Team Zimbabwe soon thereafter. We'll provide a link and explain how to set up your fundraising page. You'll have to raise a minimum of $100 to ride with the team, and a minimum of $225 if you want to ride with this year's all new, totally amazing Team Zimbabwe jersey. Believe it, there will be nothing else like it on the ride.
After you've reached your fundraising minimum, we hope you will go on to raise a LOT more! Each dollar grows more and more important as the situation becomes more desperate in Zimbabwe. Thank you in advance for your much needed help.
You will need to pick up your registration packet at the Douglas County Event Center on Saturday, June 6 or Sunday, June 7 before the ride. In your packet will be your bike number, which must be affixed to your bike, your wristband, your Team Zimbabwe jersey if you raise at least $225, and any merchandise you ordered in the registration process.
OR YOU CAN ALWAYS DONATE BY CHECK.
Make checks out to the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership
and mail to this address:
Zimbabwe Mission Partnership
1151 Eagle Drive, #185
Loveland CO 80537
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