What a crazy year. I am truly thankful that I’ve been able to get out of the house and ride my bike 1-2-3 times a week to continue my training. It has helped me keep my sanity and work on my thinking time. While the official Aids Lifecycle was canceled, I’ve decided that I don’t want COVID-19 to completely take away my 10th ALC year. So I’ve decided to participate in MY545@HOME. The clever folks at the Aids Lifecycle came up with the name. So starting Sunday, May 31 and throughout the week, I plan to ride my 545 miles. I am hoping to visit Solano Beach, Three-counties in one ride, do an OC Century ride, perhaps do a Palm Spring Century and a San Diego Century, but no matter what, my mileage will hit at least 545 miles.
This also means I am still fundraising. Although I’ve lowered my goal to $5,000. I hope that you can still help in this year’s ride. I am planning to ride daily and you can follow my rides through facebook. https://www.facebook.com/garytgraves/) Just because the ride official ended, doesn’t mean the care provided by the organizations the ride supports ends. In fact, the money is probably needed more than ever. So I am asking for you to support me again in this worthy endeavor. I am a mere $1,500 from reaching my goal of $5,000. If you can help, please visit: www.545miles.com
ANOTHER EXCITING FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY— Do you love beautiful things? While I’ve been in quarantine I’ve been improving my glassblowing skills and learning to make beautiful things, specifically handmade glass pendants. If you make a donation of $30 or more, I will make you a beautiful glass pendant for you to wear or give to a friend. I’ll even mail it to you at my own expense.
Collectively, here is what our donations will do:
* $5,000 helps provide counseling services for more than 125 clients.
* $5,000 helps keep the HIV testing RV rolling for one year.
* $2,500 helps four HIV-positive people receive stable housing for one month.
* $1,000 helps provide two Community Education Forums where 150 men can learn more about HIV.
* $250 helps provide ten rapid HIV antibody tests at a testing site.
* $175 helps provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless.
* $150 helps provide 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Services.
* $100 helps provide the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, provide moral support, and help clients advocate for themselves.
* $25 helps a financial benefits counselor assist one person in navigating the private and public benefit systems.
* $10 helps provide 143 condoms to the SFAF and LA LGBT Center's service sites.
Please click here to make your donation today. http://www.545miles.com.
Thank you for your continued support and friendship. Stay Safe!
With love, gratitude and virtual hugs!
Gary GravesAids Lifecycle Cyclist #1175
“Well done is better than well said.” Benjamin Franklinyou for joining me in this cause!
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HOW TO DONATE:
1. There is a DONATE NOW button on the upper right side of this page. Click it to get started.
2. Visit http://cycleanimals.com to view Aids Lifecycle and ALC themed License Plates, t-shirts, phone cases and other items. They make great gifts for riders. Riders love them because it means everyone will know you name on the ride! Plus, it makes it easy to locate your bike when you park. License plates are 6x3", metal, has two holes, in full-color and customized to each person! Net proceeds are donated to the Aids Lifecycle via Gary - Rider #1175! - Visit: http://cycleanimals.com
3. Support my Children's book project which combines my love of cheetahs, cycling and the AIDS/LifeCycle!!
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