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SOURCE: PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally

PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally

July 31, 2015 08:00 ET

PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally Cycles Across Ontario/Quebec Border on July 31

Building a Community, Nourishing Hope, Creating Memories, and Dreaming Bigger...One Kilometre at a Time

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - Today, over 300 riders and crew will end their six-day, 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 on the morning of Sunday, July 26 and will cycle from Lancaster, Ontario, cross the border into Quebec and end their final day of cycling in Montréal.

This year, the Bike Rally is expected to raise over $1 million for PWA. The largest AIDS fundraiser of its kind in Canada, the annual event has raised over $13 million over its 17-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 8th year. Through its global philanthropic program, the Bank responds to local needs at a grassroots level to help build stronger communities.

"Congratulations to everyone involved in another great Friends for Life Bike Rally, from the riders to the crew to everyone who has cheered them on along the way," said Laurence Levy, District Vice President, Montreal and East District at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is proud to sponsor this event, which raises much needed awareness about HIV/AIDS."

Photo opportunities will be available throughout the day as riders and crew continue on their six-day cycling journey to Montréal.

Photo opportunities
When: Friday, July 31
Where: From Lancaster to Montreal
Time: From 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Participants will be travelling east from Lancaster, Ontario to Montréal, Quebec with the following scheduled stops:

8:30 a.m. Depart - Glengarry Park Campground, 20800 South Service Road, Lancaster
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Break 1 - Parc Wilson, Coteau-du-Lac, QC
11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. Lunch - Shamrock Park, rue Frontenac, L'Île Perrot, QC
12:30 pm to 2:00 p.m. Break 3 - Lachine Canal, 500 Des Iroquois Road, Montréal
3:30 p.m. Arrival - Place Émilie-Gamelin (rue Berri and rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC)

About PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally

PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally is a six-day, 600 km bike ride from Toronto to Montréal. Now in its 17th 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

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

About Scotiabank

Through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world.

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