Your support saves lives

Every dollar you raise helps support the millions of Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes and the important work led by Diabetes Canada. Every Lacer supports education, support services, advocacy and diabetes research that could lead to the next big medical breakthrough.

Tips

New to online fundraising? Don’t sweat it! We’re here to help you every step of the way. Check out these tips to kick-start your efforts:

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Lead the pack
It’s all about walking the talk. Show your commitment to the cause by going the distance as a fundraiser. Share your story about why you Lace Up on your fundraising page and add a picture of you or your loved one.

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Ask around
Raising funds is ultimately a numbers game. Start by asking five or 10 people who you think are likely to donate. Start with anyone else you know who is impacted by diabetes or prediabetes.

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Set a goal
Let everyone know what you’re working towards! Set a fundraising goal on your page. This helps supporters see how much they need to donate to get you closer to your target. You will earn your Goal Getter badge when you achieve it!

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Cook up something new
Bringing a little creativity to your fundraising can give you a huge leg up. Try offering incentives to your supporters who donate, such as moving a kilometre (or more!) in their honour or sharing your favourite healthy recipes.

Download the Lace Up app

New in 2022! The Lace Up app is the easiest way to update your fundraising page and share the fun with friends, family and colleagues.

Get it now on Google Play or the App Store.

Why Lace Up on the app?

  • Use it on your phone, tablet or with your smart watch
  • Share your progress with a couple taps by email, text or on social media
  • People who fundraise with the app raise an average of 3.5x more that's 3.5x more impact for people affected by diabetes or prediabetes
  • Earn achievement badges exclusive to the app
  • Join new activity challenges you go

Tools

In addition to these great tips, the Lace Up team has created some extra online (and off) fundraising tools for you. Using a combination of digital platforms (like email and social media) and some good old-fashioned phone calls or neighbourhood visits goes a long way!

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Fundraise with followers

Fundraising through email and social media is an easy way to get a big boost toward your goal. Even if you’re not very active online, your followers are likely willing to help. Just posting your personal page link and asking people to share it puts you and your cause in front of new potential supporters.

Here are some examples of posts you can make to update your followers on your #LaceUpYourWay challenge:

Post 1 Kick-start

This year, I’m lacing up for the millions of Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. My #LaceUpYourWay challenge supports the work led by @DiabetesCanada to End Diabetes. My goal is to raise [$XXX]. Please cheer me on by donating: [insert your personal fundraising page link here].

Post 2 Halfway

Every distance and dollar make a difference! I am halfway to my fundraising goal in support of people living with diabetes or prediabetes and the work led by @DiabetesCanada. Please support my #LaceUpYourWay to help the 1 in 3 Canadians impacted: [inset your personal fundraising page link here].

Post 3 Finish line

Time is almost up to support my #LaceUpYourWay challenge and I’m so close to my goal! Every distance and dollar support the work led by @DiabetesCanada! This is your last chance to support me: [inset your personal fundraising page link here].

Rewards & contests

Family of Fitbits Contest

Download the Lace Up app by August 31, 2022 for the chance to win up to four (4) Fitbit fitness trackers for you and your family. Track your activity together when you Lace Up this September! Learn more about the Family of Fitbits Contest Rules and Regulations.

Fitbit trackers

Raise $250 Lace Up T-Shirt

Lacers who raise between $250 and $999 will receive a limited edition 2022 Lace Up t-shirt. Enter your t-shirt size when you register online.

Raise $500 Star Fundraiser Contest

Lacers who raise $500 or more by September 30, 2022 will be entered to win the MIRROR Gym Grand Prize: a smart home gym with on-demand live fitness classes and equipment to get you started. Learn more about the Star Fundraiser Contest Rules and Regulations.

Raise $1000 VIP Lacer Technical T-Shirt and Banting Print

At Diabetes Canada, VIP stands for “Very Important Philanthropist”. Lacers who raise $1000 or more will receive a limited edition 2022 VIP Lacer technical t-shirt and a print of a painting Banting created himself.

Raise $2500 Designate Your Funds

Lacers who raise $2500 or more will have the opportunity to designate their funds to the priority area of their choice. Options include: Research, D-Camps, Patient Support, Advocacy and Greatest Need.

FAQ's

1. How do I participate in Lace Up to End Diabetes?

 

To get started, register online using your desktop or the new Lace Up app (for detailed instructions, see the 'Registration' and 'Lace Up app' sections below). Your first step is to decide whether you'll participate on your own, as the captain of a team, or as the member of an already existing team.

Once you've registered, it's time to start fundraising online and tracking your activity. We invite you to #LaceUpYourWay! You choose the activity and you set the pace. Walk, run, ride, or move your way through the month of September.

You'll find detailed instructions on how to track your activity and fundraise online below.

2. How do I track my activity?

 

New in 2022, download the Lace Up app on Google Play or the App Store. Use it to track your activity and join movement challenges exclusive to the app.

1. How do I register for Lace Up? What happens next?

It’s easy to register online today using your desktop or the new Lace Up app!

On the app:

  • Download the app on Google Play or the App Store
  • Click the Register button and follow the steps for desktop below

On your desktop:

  • Click 'Join' on the homepage
  • Choose from 'Start a team', 'Join a team', or 'On your own'
  • Complete the registration form to access your personal fundraising page and/or team fundraising page

 

If you are participating with family, it is up to you to decide how you wish to join. Our website is designed to enable so you can have a fundraising page for each family member to fundraise from their own networks and then join them together as a ‘Team’. However, some families opt to fundraise together and promote one family page. For support on making the best choice for your family, contact us at laceup@diabetes.ca.

If you are participating with colleagues, we recommend choosing the ‘Start a Team’ option when you join, so that everyone involved in your initiative can manage their own personal fundraising page.

Once you register, you will receive a welcome email to help you start your movement and your fundraising. As you fundraise, you’ll receive updates about the upcoming event, along with badges as you achieve new milestones.

2. How do I join a team that already exists?

You need to know the Team Name or the Team Captain’s Name to find them. From there, it’s simple:

  • Click ‘Join’ on the homepage
  • Select the ‘Join a Team’ option
  • Seach the Team Name or Team Captain’s Name
  • Click the ‘Join’ button next to the correct search result
  • Complete the registration form to access your personal fundraising page.

 

3. Is there a registration fee

There is no fee to join. All participants are encouraged to raise funds online. We cheer on your fundraising success through a variety of badges at different fundraising tiers ($75, $150, $250, $500, $1,000, and $2,500)

1. How do I fundraise? Is there a fundraising minimum?

There is no fundraising minimum required to participate. We cheer on your fundraising success through badges and emails at different milestones throughout your experience.

Once you have completed your online registration from your phone, tablet, or computer, you’ll be logged in to your Participant Centre. This is your hub for online fundraising!

From the Participant Centre you can set up your personal and/or team page, copy your page link, update your goal and much more. It’s also where you’ll be able to see which badges you’ve earned so far, and what you can do to earn the rest!

New this year: The Lace Up app is the easiest way to fundraise online. It will allow you to share your page directly with friends and family through your favorite messaging and social media platforms! See the 'Lace Up app' section below for more information on how to fundraise on the app.

If you need assistance contact laceup@diabetes.ca. We are happy to help you get started!

2. What will you do with the funds that I raise?

Funds raised through Lace Up to End Diabetes support education, support services, advocacy, and diabetes research that could lead to the next big medical breakthrough.
Here are some examples:

  • Funding the best researchers in Canada who are working hard to change the future of diabetes, to fill gaps in knowledge and ultimately find a cure.
  • Reaching out to newly diagnosed people with vital support and the most up-to-date information and tools to help manage their diabetes.
  • Enabling children with type 1 diabetes to attend D-Camps, an authentic summer camp experience where they learn to manage their diabetes while building lifelong friendships.
  • Advocating on behalf of people with diabetes.
  • Providing healthcare professionals with the latest information and advancements in diabetes research so they can offer the best care to their patients.

3. How do I submit cash donations?

You can input and track your cash donations online by:

  • On the website: Logging in and clicking the 'Add' button in the 'Personal Donations' widget of your Participant Centre.
  • On the app: Logging in and tapping the 'Donations' tab on the bottom navigation bar and tapping 'Cash'.

Please note: Cash donations entered online this way will not be counted towards your fundraising achievement badges. These donations will remain 'Unconfirmed' until we are able to receive and deposit them.

To submit your cash donations to use, please complete the donor information requested on the Offline Donation Form for each individual cash donation that you receive. To avoid mailing cash, send in a cheque for the total of all cash donations listed on your Offline Donation Form to:

Lace Up to End Diabetes
Diabetes Canada
1300 - 522 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G2R5

If you would like the cash donations you enter on the app to be counted towards your achievement badges, we ask that you make a self-donation using your own credit card for each individual cash donation that you receive.

Please note: When you're entering your credit card donation, be sure to include your donor's information under the first section ('Donor Information') of the form. This will ensure they receive a tax receipt for any donation over $15. Then, enter your own credit card information under the second section of the form, 'Billing Information'.

1. How do I make an online donation?

Great question! There are a couple of different ways you can donate. Most of the time you will receive an email with a link to the sender’s fundraising page. When you click on that link, you 'll be redirected to their page where you’ll see a Donate button. Click ‘Donate’ and complete the form to make your donation.

You may also see a post on social media—the process is the same. Click on the link in the post, which takes you to your personal Lacer fundraising page. Click ‘Donate’ and complete the form.

If you do not have the link, no problem. Visit our website and click ‘Donate’ in the top navigation. From there you can search for the person or team you wish to donate to.

2. When will I receive my tax receipt?

All online donors will receive an electronic copy of their official tax receipt at the email address they supplied when completing their donation. Sometimes receipts sneak into junk or spam folders, so be sure to check those too. If you have trouble finding your tax receipt, please contact laceup@diabetes.ca.

1. How do I download the app?

To download the Lace Up app, visit Google Play or the App Store and search 'Lace Up to End Diabetes' or 'Diabetes Canada'. Once the app is downloaded, you'll be able to click on the app icon to open it. 

2. How do I log in to the app?

If you've already created a username and password by registering for Lace Up on a desktop, you can use the same information to log in on the app. 

If you haven't created a username and password yet, tap the 'Register' button in the app to be redirected to our website. From there, select 'Join' and register for Lace Up based on how you want to participate: On your own, Start a team, or Join a team.

3. How do I fundraise on the app?

Go to the 'Messages' tab with a paper airplane icon in the bottom navigation bar. Tap on whichever conversation starter speaks to you, then tap the social channel that you want to share your page on.

When you first download and set-up the app, you'll choose which messaging and social channels you'll use to fundraise from. Options include: What's App messaging, SMS messaging, Email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Learn more in the Lace Up App User Guide or watch the video: Send Text, Emails and Share to Socials.

4. How do I use activity tracking or join challenges on the app?

When you first download and set-up the app, you'll be able to sync it with popular fitness trackers like Google Fit, Apple Health, Strava, FitBit and Garmin.

Go to the 'Activity' tab with a heartrate icon in the bottom navigation bar to view your activity, your team's activity, and the challenges. Select 'Resync Activity Data' to make sure your fitness tracking is up to date, or select 'Add Activity' to manually add your movement.

Log your activity in the app by clicking big green 'Start' button under the 'Activity' tab when you're ready to move! Or, use 'Add Activity' to manually add what you've accomplished.

Learn more in the Lace Up App User Guide or watch the video: Track Activity and Join Challenges.

5. Why do I need to allow the app access to my location?

The location settings on the app are used to display activity challenges based on distance and location. Particularly if you are tracking your activity in the app directly, your location is needed to calculate how many kilometres you've moved.

How will you be Lacing Up?

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