Media Advisory - You get a little exercise and see a concert. Villagers in Malawi get bicycle ambulances and see 15,000 lives saved

    - Toronto Islands bike-and-walk-a-thon, concert and picnic to supply
    life-saving bikes and bike ambulances for HIV/AIDS workers in Africa -

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - You awake in the night, your child is having
trouble breathing. You call 911. It feels like hours in the minutes you wait
for the ambulance to arrive. Imagine if your son or daughter has
life-threatening HIV/AIDS but no healthcare worker can reach them, and the
hospital is over two days away, by foot.
    On May 30 on the Toronto Islands, Bikes Without Borders and Virgin Mobile
present a walk-and-bike-a-thon, picnic and family-friendly concert to help
Malawian-based YONECO provide community healthcare workers in seven districts
with 400 new bikes and 100 bicycle ambulances. Funds raised will help get
15,000 people life-saving HIV/AIDS medication and the support services they

    WHAT:  May 30th bike-and-walk-a-thon fundraiser on the Toronto Islands,
           and family-friendly concert at Hanlan's Point featuring Toronto
           bands The WitHouts, Mr. Something Something, and Samba Squad.

    WHY:   Over 900,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Malawi, a country of
           10.4 million people with a per-capita GDP of $299 per year. A bike
           ambulance or community worker on a bike can travel 4 to 5 times
           the distance than by foot, in a fraction of the time, reach up to
           5 times as many patients, and carry 3 times the medicine,
           supplies, and education cargo.

    HOW:   BWB aims to raise $100,000 for the 'Pedal Powered Hope' project,
           and hopes to save 15,000 lives in Malawi. Bike for Africa
           registration is $25 per individual, $60 per family and $200 for
           teams of up to 10. Fee includes the concert and BBQ picnic.

    For more information, and to register for 'Bike for Africa' please visit

    Bikes Without Borders is an all-volunteer Toronto-based non-profit
organization dedicated to using bikes and bike-related solutions as a tool for
the development of marginalized communities.

    YONECO is a Malawian-based NGO committed to preventing HIV, mitigating
the impact of AIDS and promoting democracy and human rights for social
economic development.

    Through Virgin Unite, Virgin Mobile invests in HIV and AIDS programmes
that include prevention, treatment and care and non-discrimination as well as
supporting action in the local community.

For further information:

For further information: For media interviews with BWB Executive
Director Mike Brcic, please contact: Donald Wiedman, (647) 669-0461,

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