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F4LBR News - January 19, 2017
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Welcome to 2017! Now is the perfect time to put those New Year's resolutions into action. Whether it's signing up to participate, get a head start on your fundraising, or a leg up on training, the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation's Bike Rally has what you need. Keep reading below.
Haven't Signed Up Yet?

Is 2017 the year you plan to get active again? Have you participated in the Bike Rally before and just haven't got around to signing up this year? Maybe you haven't participated in the past, but are looking for a new challenge this year. Whatever your New Year's fitness resolution, now is the perfect time to sign up for the Bike Rally. Visit and use the code "2017" to get 20% off your registration fee.
Help Recruit and Spread the Bike Rally Story
Our recruitment team is going to be at The Outdoor Adventure show at the International Centre from the February 24th to the 26th. Drop by and say hi to our volunteers as they recruit more Riders and Crew. The Outdoor Adventure show is here:
The International Centre
Hall 5
6900 Airport Rd
Mississauga, ON
  • Friday, February 24, 2017, 11am - 8pm
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10am - 5pm
We're also looking for volunteers to help run the booth. Contact Matt and Pato, Recruitment Co-Leads at  and help spread the word about the Bike Rally.
Ready to Start Fundraising? Have a Plan.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season is past, January is the month to make a plan - a fundraising plan that is! We have just a little under 6 months to reach the minimum required to set out on this incredible journey to Montreal.
How will you get there?  Who will you ask? When will you ask? All are important questions when making your plan. For some great information, tips and techniques check out the Bike Rally Website:  Get Started.
Need assistance in creating your plan? Email  Eli and Michael, your Fundraising Co-Leads,  at .
Fundraising Tools
In order to assist your fundraising efforts, we're asking participants what info or materials you feel would make "the ask" a little easier. Do email us with your suggestions.
Fundraising Kudos
First-year Riders registered by December 5, 2016, who raise $500 or more by January 31, 2017, receive an official Bike Rally 2016 jersey. Congratulations so far to Yannick Picard , Scott Dykzeul, Joshua Fernandes, and John Rawle who have already reached and surpassed this benchmark, between them raising $5,362!

The opportunity to receive a Bike Rally 2016 jersey has been extended to first-year riders who registered after December 5 and raise $500 by the end of February.
December Top Fundraisers
During December alone, the top 5 fundraisers for that month, raised $6,647, 65.5% of all funds raised in December. Congratulations Brandon Hamilton, Trevor Hopman, Yannick Picard, MarkAaron Polger and Michel Monette.
Fundraising Tips
Remember, you are not asking for money for yourself, you are asking on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS who very much need PWA's support.
Quick fact: The number one reason people give for not supporting a cause or event is that they weren't asked!
First Year Participant and You Want to Know More?
Our next new participant workshop will be held on February 16, 2017. As a first-year participant, find out more about PWA and what you need to know to get you to Montreal! Hear about how the rally leadership will help you with training, riding skills, being on a crew, fundraising and more.

Date: February 16, 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Office 200 Gerrard St. E. Toronto ON M5A 2E6, 2nd Floor

Ready to Start Training?
If you have registered for the Bike Rally and want to get a head start on your training, our twice weekly indoor training sessions are ongoing now through the end of March. Spin classes are Wednesdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm and Sundays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Classes are free for registered Bike Rally Riders.

Please register more than 24 hours in advanc  at . 

For more details visit our Facebook event at

Question about Training? Contact Nora and Walter, your Training Co-Leads at
PWA Fast Fact
Last year $122,556 was disbursed to 490 people living with HIV/AIDS for financial assistance for support with medical expenses, dental, emergency veterinary, immigration applications, and other health and wellness needs. The Bike Rally provides 85% of the funding for Financial Assistance.
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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