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Race for Dignity – Cyclists Needed!

August 3, 2006 – Cyclists needed! We are asking you to support an important Dignitas International event taking place at the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto this August: The Race for Dignity – a 65-hour bike-a-thon, 1 hour for every million people infected with HIV (25 million have died at the hands of the pandemic). This event is geared towards public engagement and fundraising for Dignitas’ groundbreaking community-based care model for HIV/AIDS treatment and care.

Dignitas International is a Canadian medical humanitarian organization working with communities to dramatically increase access to life-saving treatment and prevention in areas overwhelmed by HIV/ AIDS. Dignitas is currently treating patients in Zomba District, Malawi.

Please see details below:

WHO: Dignitas International supporters, Special guests (including sports figures and politicians), Cyclists like YOU!
WHAT: 65-hour stationary bike-a-thon: 1 hr for every million people infected with HIV (of which 25 million have died)
WHERE: Dundas Square (Yonge & Dundas) in downtown Toronto.
WHEN: Mon, Aug 14th, 2006 at 7pm to Thurs, Aug 17th at noon.**
WHY: Raise awareness and funds about HIV/AIDS and Dignitas’ groundbreaking community-based care model.
HOW TO REGISTER: Registration and Pledge information are available on-line at www.dignitasinternational.org.
**Please note: Cyclists are not required to cycle for the full 65 hours. They sign up as individuals or teams for shorter time slots based on their availability. Please read the attached flyer.

Your commitment to supporting our work will help save thousands of lives and will allow us to continue developing a replicable, sustainable and cost-effective model of community-based care for resource-poor settings. Thank you for your continued support of Dignitas International and our efforts to fight AIDS! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Lori Johnston, Jenny Bohl, Brad MacIntosh
Recruitment Coordinators,
Race for Dignity bike-a-thon Aug 14-17, 2006
Dignitas International
Tel: 416-260-3100

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The Race for Dignity Story

Dignitas’ Race for Dignity was originated with Scott Simpson, an HIV+ Canadian who intended to cycle across Africa (a distance of 13,000km) to raise funds for Dignitas and awareness about inequities in access to HIV/AIDS medications. During his intense training, Scott collapsed and was unable to continue. His dream of cycling across Africa ended that day, but it did not die – we need YOUR HELP to keep the dream alive! Collect pledges, bike with us and we will track your kilometres to finish Scott’s race!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.dignitasinternational.org or email r4d@dignitasinternational.org

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