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    Posted July 28, 2014 by
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    AIDS Ride South Africa kicks of 5th ride in nJohannedsburg, SA

    AIDS Ride South Africa is a non-profit organization registered in New York state. It has been riding across South Africa each summer for the past five years putting a kinder face on those people living with HIV & AIDS while promoting education, prevention in grassroots communities while raising funds and awareness to fight AIDS. ARSA 2014 is its 5th year. International cyclists and volunteers are cycling from July 27th through August 12th, starting in Johannesburg, SA, continuing to Gabarone, Lesotho and fifteen towns along the way. ARSA's goals are no child born with HIV by 2015, and to serve as a model for other countries fighting the pandemic of HIV. Our website and videos can be seen on ARSA is a small group of dedicated volunteers who fundraise annual by cycling. It is hoped that this will become an annual fundraiser for South Africa, reaching populations most at-risk. ARSA speaks at colleges, hospitals, schools, colleges and sites of national interest. In addition, bikes are often given to the cyclists (some who have never ridden before) and in years past, by partnering with BEN (Bike Empowerment Network) and other cycling organizations, bikes are repaired after the ride and donated to new cyclists and doctors, leaving a greener footprint on the land as well as increasing mobility for women who are often not encouraged to participate. This is AIDS Ride South Africa's 5th team of cyclists. We would enjoy being interviewed at one of our Bike Repair Clinics, or Poetry Slam events each evening or along the way. 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. We raise money to stop HIV and AIDS globally. We'd love to see you on the road this year. Our video, "EXPLAINER VIDEO" on our website is a 4 minute presentation that shows segments of previous rides and what we do.

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