Cyclists Finish Six Day Journey To Montreal



    MONTREAL, July 31 /CNW/ - On August 1, 2008, hundreds of cyclists will
stream through the streets of Montréal, ending their annual six-day trek from
Toronto. This year, the Friends For Life Bike Rally honours its tenth
anniversary of supporting the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) and
expects to raise $1 million.
    "As long as there's a reason, there's a ride," said Todd Ross, co-chair
of the event. "Ten years after the rally was born, people living with HIV/AIDS
in our community still need support. As long as they do, we will keep riding."

    Friday, August 1, 2008

    5:00 p.m. Arrival at Place Emilie-Gamelin,
              Rue Berri and Ste Catherine

    Great photo opportunities will also be available as the cyclists ride
along the Lachine Canal to Old Montréal and descend down Rue Berri from
René-Lévesque. The 330 riders will wear matching jerseys and red ribbons will
adorn their helmets.
    "This year, Scotiabank is proud to join the Bike Rally as its presenting
sponsor," said Cory Garlough, Vice-President, Global Employment Strategies,
Scotiabank. "In addition to our corporate support, we have a number of
employees who will participate by cycling, fundraising and volunteering at the
many stops along the route."
    "There's an undeniable energy that comes from hundreds of cyclists and
volunteers working towards a common cause," said Stefanie McQuaid, rally
co-chair. "Their collective efforts have allowed PWA to strengthen and expand
its services to the men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS."

    Visit for backgrounders and more information.
Spokespeople are available to talk about the event, as well as broader
HIV/AIDS issues in Ontario.

    About the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

    The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation exists to promote the health and
well-being of all people living with HIV/AIDS by providing accessible, direct,
and practical support services. It is Canada's largest direct support service
agency for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit:

For further information:

For further information: Stefanie McQuaid, Co-Chair, (416) 859-1238

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