July 27, 2014 an international group of cyclists and volunteers rode out from Melville to Soweto on Day 1 of their cycling adventure to stop AIDS and raise funds for those people living with HIV & AIDS. This is the fifth year in a row that AIDS Ride South Africa (ARSA), a non-profit organization registered in New York, USA, Directed by Bryan Urbsaitis, organizer and cyclist, has crossed South Africa stopping in towns to speak at schools, colleges, hospitals and sites of national interest. ARSA reaches the grassroots communities and those most at risk, putting a kinder face on those who are HIV positive, empowering them by encouraging better nutrition and exercise as they practice for the ride, bringing information on prevention and better health. Cycling leaves a greener footprint on the country. With over 5 million people living with HIV & AIDS, ARSA is a great model for third world countries on how to deal with this pandemic. Our explainer video can be seen on our website: www.arsa.org.za/video.php and is also available on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eZUtj19e9s This year, ARSA TEAM #5 will ride to Botswana and Lesotho as well as South Africa, 884 miles over 14 days. From Johannesburg, ARSA will be stopping at Soweto, Rustenburg, Zeerust, and then Gabarone (Botswana), back to Vryburg, SA, Kimberly, BNloemfontein, then Maseru in Lesotho, then down to Queenstown, SA, East London, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Barrydale, Worcester, Paarl and Cape Town where it will wind up with a bicycle tour of Robben Island. 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 cyclists make incredible memories and often come back for another ride. ARSA's international cyclists and supporters raise money globally to stop HIV & AIDS. 100% of all donations goes toward the riders. No one is paid. After the ride, bikes are donated to cyclists who cannot afford to buy their own bike, who have often learned to ride here for the first time, and to doctors. You help will save more lives. We hope to see you on the road this year.
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