SOURCE: Scotiabank



July 23, 2015 09:00 ET

PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally Cycles Through Durham Region on Their Way to Montreal - Sunday, July 26

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

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 23, 2015) - Over 300 riders and crew will cycle 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).

Supported by a volunteer crew, riders will leave Allan Gardens in Toronto on the morning of Sunday, July 26, and cycle through the southern portion of Durham Region and into Port Hope to end their first day. The Bike Rally will arrive in Montréal on the afternoon of Friday, July 31.

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.

"Scotiabank is proud to be back as presenting sponsor of the Friends For Life Bike Rally," said Jason Michie, Port Hope Branch Manager at Scotiabank. "We look forward to cheering on the hundreds of riders who are taking part in this special journey for such an important cause."

Photo opportunities

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

What: PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally
When: Sunday, July 26
Where: From Allan Gardens in Toronto to Port Hope
Time: From 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Participants will be travelling east from Allan Gardens in Toronto through Durham Region to Port Hope with the following scheduled stops:

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break 1 - East Point Park, Scarborough
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch - General Motors Headquarters, Oshawa
1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Break 2 - Bond Head Parkette, Bond Head
2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Camp - Haskills' Farm, 4864 Lakeshore Road, Port Hope

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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