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Aaditya Ramdas

Supporting: Bike Zambia 2018 for Chooda

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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. :)

About

WHAT IS BIKE ZAMBIA?

More than just a 7-day, 300+ mile cycling ride, Bike Zambia harnesses the energy of participants to make a positive change in the world.

Riders will build community with other globally-minded cyclists, participate in Zambian culture through immersive experiences, and raise funds for local programs focusing on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Economic Empowerment for Women and Girls in Zambia.


WHO WE BENEFIT

Since our first Bike Zambia ride in 2012, over 120 cyclists have joined the annual ride, raising over $600,000 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. 


ABOUT ZAMBIA

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.



ABOUT BIKE ZAMBIA
Bike Zambia is the flagship program of 501(C)3 nonprofit Chooda and donations are tax-deductible. If you wish to donate by mail, please make donation checks payable to "Chooda" and mail to 77 Bluxome Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. If you would like your donation to be credited to a specific rider, please be sure to note the rider's name in the check memo line.


Note: before creating your own page, you must register to ride HERE.

Follow us on Facebook or Visit Our Website for more information and photos of past rides.


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