Zambia is a beautiful country, but one of the worst hit by AIDS : a staggering 13% or so of the adult population has AIDS. It is also one of the poorest in the world : over 60% of the population lives on less than 1.25$ per day.
I am riding for ten days through rural Zambia to raise money and awareness, and reduce stigma around these topics. We will be riding from Lusaka to Livingstone over ten days. I hope you will support me in this cause, by helping me reach my fundraising goal of 4000$.
I have ridden the AIDS LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles each of the past two years (550 miles over 7 days), and was a training ride leader last year. This ride has made a big difference at all levels for people in the LGBTQ and AIDS communities in California. This time, I wanted to make a difference somewhere else, and Zambia was a natural choice : while over 2000 riders do the California ride, this trip through Zambia will only involve about 30 fellow riders. The logistics are harder, with LOTS of vaccines to take beforehand, and a longer trip to plan.
Your generous dollars will have a much larger impact in Zambia, than almost anywhere else in the world. It will be used by many local non-profits, that provide services ranging from medical help, constructing bikes that help with mobilizing people in rural areas, education and awareness, etc. Please see the link below for the associated organizations for whom I'm raising money.
Please donate today! It will be much appreciated. :)
WHAT IS BIKE ZAMBIA?
More than just a 325+ mile cycling ride, Bike Zambia harnesses the energy of participants to make a positive change in the world. Zambia is one of Africa's poorest countries with one of the highest rates of HIV infection. A staggering 1 in 8 adults are infected with HIV and 64 percent of the total population lives below the poverty line, rising to 80 percent in rural areas. Life expectancy is just 58.1 years, however, this is a considerable increase from the 2012 life expectancy of 49.4 years, partly thanks to improved access to antiretroviral treatments. The need for help is clear.
WHO WE BENEFIT
Since our first Bike Zambia ride in 2012, over 160 cyclists have joined the annual ride, raising over $800,000 to support Zambian organizations. Partner organizations like ZHECT and Grassroot Soccer work locally in Zambia to reduce stigma, increase HIV prevention and access to treatment, and promote testing. World Bicycle Relief provides bicycles to women and girls so that they have access to transportation to work and school.