SOURCE: Scotiabank


July 26, 2016 08:00 ET

PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally Cycles Through Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry on July 28

As Long as There's a Reason, There's a Ride

LANCASTER, ON--(Marketwired - July 26, 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 on the morning of Sunday, July 24, and will cycle from Johnstown and across the southern portion of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry to Lancaster to end their 5th day of cycling on July 28. 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 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 are proud to be back to support the Friends For Life Bike Rally. The dedication, enthusiasm and skill of the riders and crew is inspiring as they raise money for such a worthy cause," said Tina Lamarche, Branch Manager, Cornwall at Scotiabank. "This ride helps make incredible important services possible for Canadians living with HIV and AIDS. We at Scotiabank are looking forward to welcoming the riders ahead of their final leg of the journey to Montreal."

Photo opportunities

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

When: Thursday, July 28
Where: From Johnstown to Lancaster
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Participants will be travelling east from Johnstown to Lancaster with the following scheduled stops:

8:30 a.m. Depart - Grenville Park Campground, 2323 County Road 2, Johnstown
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Break 1 - Morrisburg Beach Park, Morrisburg
11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. Lunch - Milles Roches Island, Long Sault Parkway, Long Sault
12:30 pm to 2:00 p.m. Break 2 - Cornwall Aquatic Centre, 100 Water Street East, Cornwall
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dairy Queen - 6327 County Road 2, South Lancaster
2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Camp - Glengarry Park Campground, 20800 South Service Road, Lancaster

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

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 community investment strategy, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2015, Scotiabank contributed $67 million to help our communities around the world.

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