Thank you for joining me in this cause!
June 2rd - June 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them volunteering as a Roadie serving lunch every day!
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and we’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past.
It's a huge commitment on my part - a 14 hour flight to San Francisco and then seven days of really hard work. My day starts at 4.00am and those who know me well know that early mornings are not my favourite thing! We drive to the location where the riders stop for lunch and start to unpack the trucks. Everything we need is on those trucks so tables, chairs, steel poles and awnings, rubbish bins and masses of other assorted equipment is unpacked and erected. We have to be ready for 9.30am as the first, and fittest, riders start coming in wanting lunch. Serving lunch to 3000 is a fun and frantic event.
Around 3pm we pack all the equipment back into the trucks and then pick up every single piece of rubbish we can find. Our motto is to leave the lunch area cleaner than we found it.
Back on the road again to the camp site where we erect our two person tent, shower in the portable showers, grab a bite to eat, catch up on Camp News and fall into an exhausted sleep before 9.00pm (to the accompaniment of many and assorted snores) ... and then it all starts again.
Seven days to work our way 545 miles down the Californian coast. As you can imagine, it's an enormous logistical challenge, it's bloody hard work and it's a ton of fun. We dress up every day and handing out turkey rolls wearing heavy work boots, blue plastic gloves and a pink tutu is a sight to behold. I have photos to prove it.
Now this is where you come in. I'm doing all this to raise money to ensure we can eradicate HIV/AIDS one day. It's something that affects men, women and children all over the world. I'm hoping to raise $6000 this year and every little bit helps, so if you can spare a few dollars, I would be very grateful if you would donate. And if you'd rather not, that's absolutely fine too.
With very many thanks