Get together with your friends, family, workmates, clients and suppliers, and experience all the excitement and camaraderie the MS Gong Ride has to offer!
Taking part as a workplace team is a great way to encourage team building, promote health and wellbeing amongst staff, raise corporate visibility within the community and build close connections with clients and supporters!
Ask your colleagues, clients and suppliers to ride with you to Fight MS, and help people living with multiple sclerosis get the vital support they need to meet their goals and live well, and ensure that no one has to face MS alone!
Creating a team is easy and teams can be as big or as small as you like. As long as you are all riding and raising money for people with MS, that’s all that matters!
The best part? You'll be able to celebrate together after you cross the finish line on event day!
A Workplace Team is a great way to:
Offer a great bonding experience with work colleagues
Promote health and wellbeing amongst employees
Raise corporate visibility and brand exposure
Build close connections with clients and suppliers
Make a real difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis
ASK YOUR WORKPLACE FOR THEIR SUPPORT
Most workplaces are more than happy to support a good cause - all you have to do is ask!
They can support you by:
TEAM PAYMENT CODE
Covering all event registration fee payments. We can set up a Team Payment Code for you and then invoice your company
Dollar Matching (aka Matched Giving) the total amount raised by team members, or making a tax deductible donation.
Covering the cost of a branded Custom Team Kit, or the purchase of an official 2021 event jersey or t-shirt.
Organising a Team Retreat so that after a fantastic ride, everyone can celebrate and relax together!
The best way to motivate the team and drive high engagement is through regular group rides and a uniform to unite and symbolise the team. For fundraising, I encourage the team to embrace social media or send a message to their networks. Use humour! Engage their workplace to check if they have matched funding or if they will hold a morning tea or BBQ. Most importantly, know why you are fundraising and communicate this!
Kim Nguyen, SOFT COGS
Remember who you are doing this for. I know there are times when I feel too busy to organise the team but when I stop, and think of those I know with MS and what a difference we can make I’m spurred on to keep going and come back year after year.
Kirk Barratt, Team DXC
Delegating and getting the whole team and their friends and family involved. It is not just about the group of riders; friends and family meet us in the Gong and run the BBQ. The BBQ is a great opportunity to say thank you for the support and generous donations that everyone has given. The Gong is such a great experience that brings everyone together to work towards a common goal.
Michael Jones, Steph's Avengers
We offer team incentives – like a free team jersey, a ride with Brad, a gift voucher – different things motivate different people. Also, sharing a story of someone with MS helps. Or organising events where people get something in return. For example, I did a beach yoga class with all proceeds going to MS.
Eileen Gainsford, Westpac
Sell advertising space on your jerseys – this made us $30,000 alone in 2019! Make the sponsors feel special, give them incentives such as a VIP framed jersey or free entry to the fundraising events we organise. Sponsors love to see recognition of their goodwill, so advertise them in your digital communications.
Dean Zekis, Team Xtreme
Engage corporates who can benefit from the advertising on jerseys. Attract others to your team by encouraging friends to ask their friends to join the team. Personal, meaningful conversations go a long way. Asking someone to donate will not work without the effort, so connecting with meaningful conversations increases your chances.
Angelo Lofitis, Top Raisers
Some of the most dedicated community teams are formed when friends and family members come together to support someone they know who is living with multiple sclerosis. Other teams are made up of members of sporting or social groups who want to work together for a good cause. All you need to be part of a team, is yourself and one other person!
You can create a team with anyone for any reason, it's completely up to you.
A Team Captain is the glue that holds a team together
When you create a team, you will be set up with your very own team fundraising page. You can use it to recruit, promote, coordinate, motivate and (of course) celebrate with your team!
- Customise the page by uploading a team photo or company logo
- Personalise your team story and share your reasons for participating
- Post blog updates to let people know how you're getting on with your training and fundraising
- Spread the word via social media and email
- Acknowledge and thank sponsors
Your role as a Team Captain can be whatever you make it.