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"PWA gave me my life back"
Suzanne Paddock
These are the words of one PWA Client, but as Interim Executive Director of PWA, I hear these words echoed by thousands of others who count on the services and support programs that we provide each year. I know that they are all cheering for you as you prepare for the amazing journey you'll embark on in a few short weeks. Clients are also counting on you and the rest of the Bike Rally Village to fundraise as much as you can so that PWA can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of so many.
 
We are a more intimate Bike Rally Village this year , but we are also mighty, and when we pull together, we can do amazing things!

During these remaining weeks before Departure Day, we are asking each you to step up your fundraising. If you're late getting started, please start today; if you're close to your goal, dig in a little deeper to pass it; and if you've already reached your fundraising goal, please increase it. If you're a 6-Day Rider, be two Riders - raise $5,000 or be a Top Fundraiser and raise $6,000. If you're a 1-Day Rider be more than two Riders and raise $2,000. And if you're a member of our wonderful Crew, try to raise $1,250.

Together, I know we can do this!
 
On behalf of PWA Staff and Volunteers, thank you for your commitment and support. And thank you for digging a bit deeper to fundraise more for PWA. Our clients are depending on each one you!
 
Suzanne Paddock
Interim Executive Director
Put the "FUN" in Fundraising
Be a Top Fundraiser!

See this amazing jersey?  It can be yours if you raise $6,000 or more. 

You have a month of fundraising left. We challenge each of you to pull out all the stops and reach Top Fundraiser status!

Get Bike Rally ready!
Oh those dreaded hills!
Learn to embrace them by taking our popular Hills and Skills Clinic
Tuesday, July 4
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
High Park Subway Station (High Park Avenue Entrance)
 
Do you dread hills? It may be that you just need some new skills to ascend and descend with ease.
 
For a more enjoyable and efficient ride, learn the skills to ascend and descend hills. You won't be able to escape hills on the Bike Rally! Our hill climbing clinics are hands-on so don't forget your bike!
MEC Bike Rally Club Night
Tuesday, July 11
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), 400 King Street West, Toronto

Friends for Life Bike Rally Participants are invited to a special shopping night at MEC Toronto.  Purchases made during this event will receive a 10% discount. Visit the Bike Rally table at MEC to collect your discount card. 
 
Discount applies in-store only with presentation of your discount card.  10% discount applies to all regular-priced, in-stock items.  A few specific products may be excluded from this discount including Blundstone footwear and Intense Bikes.  MEC services are also excluded from this discount offer.  Offer cannot be redeemed for cash, combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases or services.  Member must be present at time of purchase.
 
MEC is a retail co-operative that sells exclusively to members.
Our Friends For Life from CMCC are back!
We are pleased to welcome back for their 5th consecutive year our friends from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) who will once again provide excellent care for all of us during the Bike Rally.
 
They will also be available to assist anyone with any muscle or joint pain before the Bike Rally at their various clinics throughout the GTA. You are strongly encouraged to go to the clinic nearest you for a pre-Bike Rally-assessment. 
New to the Bike Rally? Tips for success!
Wondering what to pack for the Bike Rally?
Check the list! 
It's not too early to start thinking about what pack for the Bike Rally! Whether you're doing the 1 - Day Ride or joining us for 6 days to Montréal, making sure you have everything you need will help you enjoy the journey that much more!
 
For some suggestions, have a look at these handy packing lists: 
Bike Rally Bits and Bobs
David Linton Spirit of the Bike Rally Award
Nominations close on June 30! TODAY!
Don't forget to submit your nomination for the David Linton Spirit of the Bike Rally Award. This award is given to a participant who demonstrate through their actions a generosity of spirit, caring and compassion, and has gone above and beyond expectations in support of others on the Bike Rally. Past recipients of the award include:  
  • Victor Scaletchi - 2012
  • Mark Fisher - 2013
  • Todd Davies - 2014
  • Robb Walker - 2015
  • Walter Dimini - 2016
If you know of someone deserving of the Bike Rally's highest honour let us know by sharing the name of the nominee and a short description of why you think they should receive the award.
 
Nominations close TODAY - Friday June 30! So don't delay submitting a nomination
Party Like It's 1999
It's a Pre-Bike Rally Dance Party!
Sunday, July 23
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Stryker Sports Bar, 31 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
 
Join your Bike Rally friends and family as we celebrate the origins of the Bike Rally - it's 1999 all over again and Year 1 of the Friends For Life Bike Rally.
 
Help set the mood and dress in your favourite 1999 fashions.
 
We're making up a collection of photos of this year's Bike Rally participants from 1999.  Send us a photo of yourself in 1999 and see if anyone can pick out your younger self from the collection!  
 
"In for a Fiver" tickets will also be available.
Bike Rally Handbook now online
If you missed the Big Meeting not to worry. The Bike Rally Handbook which contains important and valuable information is available on the Bike Rally website.
Bike Rally's Got Talent!
You've got talent - now here's your chance to show it off. Come as a group or come alone. The "famous" talent show is taking place on Day 2 of the Bike Rally.
 
Before getting on stage though, you'll have to register. Space is limited, so act quickly. Send us your name and performer/group name along with your contact information that you will have with you during the week of the Bike Rally. (If you're talent involves music, you must provide your music on a USB stick or smart phone.)
Bike Rally Statistics  (June 27, 2017)
 
1-Day Riders: 49; 6-Day Riders: 145; Crew: 66
Raised: $458,947
On July 30, 2017, a dedicated group of Riders and Crew will embark on either a 6-day 600 km journey from Toronto to Montréal or a 1-day 110 km journey from Toronto to Port Hope, both in support of people living with HIV/AIDS. PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally is the sustaining fundraiser of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. The experience of the Bike Rally promises to have a profound impact on the lives of every participant.

PWA PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation
200 Gerrard St. E, 2nd floor
Toronto ON  M5A 2E6
416-506-1400 ext. 238
Iwant2ride@bikerally.org
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