KINGSTON, ON--(Marketwired - July 25, 2016) - Over 250 riders and crew will be cycling for six days during their 600 km journey to Montréal in PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally in support of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA).
Assisted by a volunteer crew, riders left Toronto the morning of Sunday, July 24, and will cycle from Adolphustown to Queen's University in Kingston to end their 3rd day of the ride. It will also be Red Dress Day on the Bike Rally, a day when participants will be donning their most flamboyant and outrageous red outfits! The Bike Rally will arrive in Montréal on the afternoon of Friday, July 29.
This year, the Bike Rally is expected to raise over $1 million dollars for PWA. The largest AIDS fundraiser of its kind in Canada, the annual event has raised over $14 million over its 18-year history and has become the sustaining fundraiser for the Toronto agency. PWA is the largest direct support service provider for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada, providing such services as meal and food programs, treatment and therapy programs, and financial assistance.
Scotiabank returns as presenting sponsor of the Bike Rally for the 9th year.
"We're excited to continue to lend our support of the Friends For Life Bike Rally," said Nick Toritto, District Vice President, Ontario Central East District at Scotiabank. "We look forward to checking out the great costumes on Red Dress Day as the riders make their way to us in Kingston. The riders' enthusiasm and dedication is inspiring as they are raising money for such an important organization."
Photo opportunities will be available throughout the day as riders and crew continue on their six-day cycling journey to Montréal.
When: Tuesday, July 26
Where: From Adolphustown to Queen's University, Kingston
Time: From 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Participants will be travelling east from Adolphustown to Queen's University in Kingston with the following scheduled stops:
8:30 a.m. Depart - U.E.L. Heritage Centre/Park Adolphustown
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break 1 - Finkle Shore Park, Bath
10:30 am to 12:00 p.m. Arrival - Queen's University (Near Gordon-Brockington Hall), Collingwood Street and King Street West, Kingston
About PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally
PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally originated as a 6-day, 600 km bike ride from Toronto to Montréal. New for this year, the Bike Rally has added a 1-day, 108 km bike ride from Toronto to Port Hope. Now in its 18th year, the Bike Rally is the sustaining fundraiser for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) supporting its ability to provide critical services and support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. To learn more, visit www.bikerally.org.
About the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA)
PWA is the largest direct support service agency of its kind for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. PWA engages people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and inspires them to live into their dreams and discoveries. PWA aims to enhance awareness, resilience, strength and knowledge among the members of its immediate community and in the broader social world. To learn more, visit www.pwatoronto.org.
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