For 7 Days in June, 2019
I'm joining 3000+ cyclists and roadies
To cycle 550 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles
To contribute to awareness and elimination of stigma around HIV/AIDS
And raise funds for life-saving services offered by the SF AIDS Foundation & LA LGBT Center.
Before signing up for my first ride over 4 years ago, I have to confess I didn’t realize how big the AIDS epidemic still is. Did you know that in the USA: It was the 8th leading cause of death for people aged 25-34 and 9th for those aged 35-44 in 2014? That African-Americans and Latinos represent 69% of all new HIV diagnoses? Or that 1 in 4 people living with HIV are women, and half globally?* This is still a first world issue, exacerbated by poverty and social injustice. When my eyes were opened to this, I wanted to help make a difference in some way.
I live a quiet life, a privileged life in multiple ways. So what difference can I make?
All the difference actually..
I can give. My voice in helping eliminate stigma, discrimination and ignorance. My heart in embracing people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, status, the list goes on. My energy in engaging in events like AIDS/LifeCycle that promote awareness and raise funds for the centers providing care and services for people. My time in listening to stories from people impacted, and about friends and loved ones lost. My body in training and participating in a challenging cycling event every year, wearing jerseys that ask the world to help “END AIDS”. My money in donating to this cause and funding my own travel and gear expenses. It turns out I have a lot to give. And so do you!
What can you give? Two very simple things:
> A simple gift of a donation to my fundraising efforts.
> Pass on the message of what I’m doing to others around you so that they can give too.
2019 will be my fourth year participating in the event. For rides one to three, I've raised over $15,000. My goal this year is to get that grand total to $20,000, which means raising $5,000 this year.
Your support would mean the world to me. I will do the hard work, the months of training and prep; all I'm asking for is a simple gift of a donation to my fundraising efforts.. $5, $15, $50 or $500, rest assured donations of all sizes have a positive impact <3
If you live in the USA - YOU COULD POTENTIALLY DOUBLE YOUR DONATION! Check with your employer if they have matching donations. It can take a while to process, so don't delay doing this! Here are the details you’ll be asked to provide:
Federal Tax ID number: 95-3567895
Address: AIDS LifeCycle, c/o L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Dept. 9383, Los Angeles, CA 90084-9383
Designate to/Set purpose as: AIDS LifeCycle - Anne Walsh - Rider 1871 (so that I get credited for your donation!)