I believe the Ride gives young people such as myself an amazing opportunity to actively and productively join a powerful global movement to combat what is arguably the most important global health issue of our generation”
- Ellie Deshaies, Northeastern University (RAA 2012)
About the Ride:
The Ride Against AIDS is a unique and powerful cross-country bike ride dedicated to supporting the work of FACE AIDS and Partners In Health while igniting conversations in communities across the country about the HIV pandemic. First undertaken in 2007 by two friends who wanted to do something meaningful with their summer, the Ride is now an annual, supported program that has raised nearly $300,000 for FACE AIDS and Partners In Health.
The Ride Against AIDS is a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect with people across your country on a level you might never have access to again.
Each summer, a select group of student leaders (along with the beloved FACE AIDS van) embark on an incredibly exciting and life-changing 70-day journey from San Francisco to Boston. Throughout their 4,000-mile journey, the riders organize educational speaking events in local communities, raise funds through outreach to friends and family, and speak with local media outlets. The Ride offers participants the physical and mental challenge of a lifetime – the chance to develop skills in team management, conflict mediation, fundraising, public speaking, and advocacy meetings, not to mention incredible athletic endurance.
By the end of the summer, the Ride Against AIDS team is a cohesive, inspirational group that has moved communities across the country to take action against HIV.
The 2014 Ride Against AIDS Team will:
Raise $100,000 for FACE AIDS and Partners In Health (PIH)
Spread their message to over 1,000 individuals, ranging from donors to hosts to community advocates
Ride over 4,000 miles through at least 13 states over the course of 70 days
Put on 25+ local fundraising and educational events
Broadcast their message through 25+ media outlets
- Be 100% female for the first time in RAA history!