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SOURCE: PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally

PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally

July 20, 2015 11:32 ET

PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally Departs Toronto for Montréal for the 17th Year on July 26

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

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 20, 2015) - Over 300 riders and crew will be cycling for six days during a 600 km journey to Montréal in PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally and in support of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA).

Assisted by a crew of over 100 volunteers, riders will leave Allan Gardens in Toronto on the morning of Sunday, July 26, and 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 sponsor the Friends For Life Bike Rally as they celebrate their 17th anniversary," said Claude Norfolk, Senior Vice President, Toronto Region at Scotiabank. "The enthusiasm and commitment of the riders and crew as they raise money for such a worthy cause is inspiring. We look forward to cheering them on and lending our support throughout their journey."

Photo opportunities will be available during departure ceremonies and as riders and crew leave for their six-day cycling journey to Montréal.

What: PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally
Where: Allan Gardens, Carlton Street and Sherbourne Street, Toronto
When: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Departure Ceremonies Schedule

8:00 a.m. Departure ceremonies begin with group photos

8:30 a.m. Speeches

8:45 a.m. Group stretching

9:00 a.m. Departure! Riders and crew will depart Allan Gardens, North on Homewood Avenue to Wellesley St. E., East on Wellesley St. E. to Parliament St., North on Parliament St. to Bloor St. E., to Danforth Avenue and leaving the city's downtown core.

The Bike Rally will travel through the following communities:

Sunday, July 26: Toronto, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Port Hope;
Monday, July 27: Port Hope, Cobourg, Colbourne, Brighton, Consecon, Picton, Adolphustown;
Tuesday, July 28: Adolphustown, Bath, Amherstview, Kingston;
Wednesday, July 29: Kingston, Gananoque, Mallorytown, Brockville, Maitland, Prescott, Johnstown;
Thursday, July 30: Johnstown, Cardinal, Iroquois, Morrisburg, Long Sault, Cornwall, Lancaster;
Friday, July 31: Lancaster, Rivière-Beaudette, Coteau-du-Lac, Notre Dame de I'Île Perrot, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Montréal.

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 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.

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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