Hundreds ride and raise money for HIV/AIDS services this weekend

Fri. July 12, 2013 2:04 PM by News Staff

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Volunteers still needed for still needed for Ride for AIDS, Sat. and Sun.

Chicago, IL - Ride for AIDS Chicago (RFAC), a two-day, 200-mile bicycling event produced by Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), is this Sat., June 13 and Sun. June 14.

Now in its 10th year, RFAC is TPAN's largest single fundraiser of the year, raising critical unrestricted funds for HIV programs and services at TPAN and its community partners. This year is on track to beat 2012's record breaking fundraising total of $640,000 with donations still being accepted online.

Volunteers are still needed to assist the more than 400 riders and crew members with various tasks during the two-day challenge. Anyone interested can sign-up online.

Riders leave Saturday morning on the journey into Wisconsin, along the shores of Lake Geneva and then into camp on Green Lake, part of the Lauderdale lakes chain. Riders will return to Chicago on Sunday following the winding roads of southeast Wisconsin and shaded bicycle paths of northeast Illinois and then into the city.

Upon returning, family and friends will welcome the riders home during a closing ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. on Sun., July 14th at Ingraham Park located at the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, in Evanston. The rider processional and program begins at 4:30 p.m.

Unlike other rides of its kind, Ride for AIDS Chicago was created by volunteers and returns 100% of pledges to its beneficiaries.

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