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F4LBR News - May 26, 2017
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Just 9 weeks to go until the Bike Rally!
FUNDRAISING: Moving Into High Gear
A big shout-out to everyone working hard to reach their fundraising goals. Keep up the great work!

If you haven't quite gotten started, it's time to get a wiggle on. 

Let all your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and service providers know about your commitment and why it matters to you. They'll be eager to hear how the training is going and will be happy to support you. Just ask!

Remember, it takes a community. We may be a smaller group this year, but we are mighty. PWA's clients are counting on us.

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More recently registered First-year Riders who rapidly exceeded $500 raised, have received an official Bike Rally 2016 jersey. Congratulations to Justin Campol, Ari Caylakyan, Michelle Daniels, Joseph Molaski, Anka Miron and Michael Murray, Andrew Quinlan, and Rex Shettlewood!

April Top Fundraisers
During April, 15 Top Participants ($1,000+) raised $28,320.31, 66% of all funds raised. Congratulations Jordan Simard, Dempsey Cruz, Jeff Bale, Philip Cable, Ryan Doornbos, Eli Elsasser, Adam Graham, Dianne Hind, Anthony Lebaron, Barrett Morrison, Vanessa Pinto, Andrew Quinlan, Harvey St Amant, Rob Veinott, and Robb Walker.

May Fundraising
Congratulations also go to 16 top Riders who have raised $37,441, 60% of all funds raised, during May so far. Well done Donald Ainslie, Ken Allen, Skot Beaumont, Jack Coop, Evan Fraser, Heather Goodman, Matt Lamb, Bruce Nasmith, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Andrew Quinlan, Pato Rodriguez, Terry Sydenham, Rob Veinott, Wolfgang Webb, Steve Yeates, and Darrel Zehr.

It's the BIG MEETING and Social!
When:  Sunday June 4, 2017
Time:  12:30-3:00pm
Where: The 519 ( 519 Church St.)

It's just nine weeks until Departure Day! Whether you're a 1-Day Ride participant or a 6-Day Ride participant, plan to attend the Big Meeting to help you prepare and learn all about this year's ride. 

You'll want to be there to find out all about this adventure - where we'll be departing from in Toronto, our arrival location in MontrĂ©al, theme days and the schedule of night-time camp events. Of course, 1-Day Riders will learn all about their big day! 

The Big Meeting is a Bike Rally tradition that is a must-attend! Plan to be there.  A social will follow at The Lodge (518 Church St, above O'Grady's). Come have a bite and some drinks with familiar and not so familiar faces, and get to know them all! 


When: Sunday June 4, 2017
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm (Right before the Big Meeting)
Where: The 519 (519 Church St.)

This is a mandatory workshop for first-year Riders - including 1-Day Riders!

Most of us have a flat tire at one point or another so be sure you know how to fix them! Here's your chance to learn.

Space is limited, so sign up early! Also, it's a hands-on clinic, so bring your bike.

In addition to a regular riding routine, a good training program should include healthy eating. Read some helpful reminders about nutrition to fuel your training rides and the Rally itself.
Also, learn about proper vitamins and minerals for athletes which can help make your cycling experience that much better!

Nominations are now open!
Each year, we honour a participant with the David Linton Spirit of the Bike Rally Award. This 
award is given to a participant who demonstrates, through their actions, a generosity of spirit, caring and compassion, and has gone above and beyond expectations in support of others in 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, please use the link below to share the name of the nominee and a short description of why you think they should receive the award.
Nominations can be made by current Bike Rally participants, the recipient being selected by the Steering Committee.
The deadline for nominations will be June 30.

Now that we are riding further away from food, it is time for the Bike Rally barbecues! Beginning on the June 10th ride, we will be doing a barbecue at the designated break spot. The barbecue typically consists of hamburgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, a variety of salads (may include macaroni, bean, garden, potato, etc.) and of course, all the water you need. Cost is $9 and all the funds raised are donated to PWA.

Join us Monday, May 29th for Toronto's Bike to Work Day and help kick off the annual Bike Month. We start at Yonge and Charles at 7:30am and cycle to Nathan Phillips Square for a free pancake breakfast.

Pride is just a month away and we have some great opportunities to recruit, raise funds and awareness.

Host the Bike Rally booth at Village Fest, the Village BIA's annual weekend-before-Pride street festival June 17 and 18. Spin and raise some money for your personal fundraising. Contact Matt and Pato, Recruitment CoLeads, for more information

Join us at the PWA/Bike Rally community booth June 24 and 25. Spin and raise some money for your personal fundraising. March in the Pride parade! For more information contact Trevor at
Bike Rally Statistics  (May 22, 2017)
1-Day Riders: 36; 6-Day Riders: 150; Crew: 62
Raised: $255,679
On July 30, 2017, more than 400 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
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