Magical, life changing, inspiring, a few words that come to mind when I think back to the 2015 ride. I had been participating in fundraising rides for 15 years and nothing compares to the 21 day effort I was able to experience.
The Aids epidemic is still a serious challenge in South Africa and on this ride we were both active as cyclists and active advocates for safe sex. I came to really admire the young South African riders for their dedication to the long ride and to connecting with others at risk.
I have worked with AIDS Ride South Africa for eight years since it’s initial launch in 2010. It has been a life-changing experience. ARSA cycles annually to raise funds and awareness about HIV and AIDS in South Africa and globally. We are all volunteers. No one is paid. 100% of all donations go to the ride. ARSA accepts donations of food, cycling equipment, gear and repair, lodging, petrol, rental van, plane tickets as well as the generosity of your time and enthusiasm. ARSA is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization registered in New York State. All donations are tax deductible: 46-4004246 Join us to save more lives.
Each year on AIDS Ride South Africa, we create what the world should be: a world in which differences are celebrated, a world without stigma, and a world in which people care about and support one another. ARSA is group of international volunteer cyclists and supporters that comes together annually to fight HIV & AIDS through education, awareness, prevention and teaching cycling as a healthier lifestyle. We raise money to stop HIV and AIDS globally. Every dollar earned goes toward the ride. I was a volunteer supporter on ARSA's launch ride in 2010. I have been a donor and volunteer ever since. ARSA cycles annually from Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa stopping in grassroots towns all along the way. Cycling also through Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, ARSA is the first international AIDS ride. A life-changing experience. How many times to you get a chance to save a life? We'd love to see you on the road this year.