dandyhorse had the pleasure of meeting some members of “The Sprockettes” team last night on a rooftop near Church and Wellesley. From left to right: Vern LeBlanc (friend), Mark Wilson (founding Sprockette, road crew/broom truck, wearing the 2008 jersey), Nancy Pryce (food crew), Victor Scaletchi and his bike (5th year as a Sprockette), Carl Gordeneer (friend/supporter.)
Friends for Life Bike Rally: Raising funds with pedal power for People With AIDS for 14 years
Story and photo by Tammy Thorne
More than 400 cyclists and friends began a six-day, 600-km journey from Toronto to Montreal today.
Riders of all skill levels, ranging in age from 15 to 76, plus support crew, departed this morning from Queen’s Park on the popular charity ride to raise money for Toronto People With Aids Foundation (PWA).
This is the 14th year of the Friends For Life Bike Rally which has raised over $1 million this year alone to support people living with HIV/AIDS. The ride also promotes fitness, the love of community, friendship, and making a positive difference in the world.
The epic ride ends in velo-loving Montreal on August 3 with celebrations at Jacques Cartier Pier, on the Lachine Canal in the Old Port at 4 p.m.
As of July 26 this year there were 283 riders, 113 crew members and $1,090,364 raised.
dandy friends and past contributors Derek Chadbourne (rally mechanic coordinator), Sherri Byer (2012 rally coordinator) and Ken Allen (dandy tandem connection and 2012 team leader for the Derailleurs) are all seasoned rally riders and important members of the cycling community at large. We wish them, and all the rally riders a great week on two wheels! May the wind be at your backs!
PWA is the largest direct support service agency of its kind for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. In Toronto, thousands of people are living with the virus that causes AIDS – approximately one-quarter of Canada’s HIV positive population live and access care here.