For the past 8 years, I have had a remarkable (read: life affirming) experience during the first week of June that many of have been a part of...and I am repeating it this year with your help.
So amazing was the experience that I am again joining one of the most visible teams at the event : Team Funky Monkey. Last year, they raised nearly $1M and this year are planning on breaking the record! (With 100+ donors, I was able to raise over $40,000 and a Top 15 Fundraiser!)
The impact will be audacious: We will be able to provide 12 months of safe housing for 50 families with Health Counseling for 100+ individuals. A home (not a shelter) where they can have a secure place and address (needed for everything from job applicantions to benefit verification to a safe place for medication.) And, the counseliing support to help them in the transistion. And, during this tumultous political time when the Affordable Care Act is being reviewed on daily basis, this mission takes on even more urgency.
Last year, I heard so many stories of individuals whose lives had changed because of the support you gave to them. I have never been so moved by having the chance to have this kind of impact and I want us to do it again. I have been doing a lot of indoor spin classes already and I am prepared to put in the hours and miles to get in shape to do the Ride with 2,300 others.
My big AHA while fundraising last year? Many people felt that their donation (in any amount) would not make a big impact. False. While I had some exceptionally generous donors last year, if I were to take them out, by average donation was around $65! Every dollar gets us closer to helping someone turn their life around!
From June 2nd to 9th, my team and I will be bicycling from SF to LA. (And no, it is not downhill!) It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles (that feels mostly uphill on some days!).
But, with your help, I can do it again and be a part of the World's biggest AIDS Fundraising effort.
All my appreciation.