Roderick MacKenzie - Rider # 5
SmartRide-20 in November is the 20th anniversary of this remarkable Miami – Key West bicycle ride that has raised nearly $15 million for HIV/AIDS. Sadly also the last SmartRide...
I’m signed up to do it again as part of the awesome Equality Florida team!
You all, my incredible supporters, raised an amazing $13,670.85 for this great cause last year, and your fantastic support meant so much!
This year we’ve been challenged to raise $2 million – challenge accepted!
So I’m asking two things:
1. Ride with us! More riders = more impact, and we need 500+. It’s a life-changing experience, and have no doubt: you can do it, and it will be incredibly rewarding! Come join the awesome Equality Florida Team!
2. If you can’t ride, I hope you’ll support me again with a donation - I’ve set my target at a lofty $15,000 and, with your help, I know this is achievable.
My goal is to keep riding till I’m at least 70 and raised $100K…
There are 1.2 million people living with HIV in USA, and even though testing, treatment, and prevention options have improved dramatically, there is still so much to do, and why SmartRide is so important.
The details: SmartRide is a 2-Day, 165-Mile Bicycle Ride from Miami to Key West. Last year’s SmartRide raised a phenomenal $1,043,000, and every penny went to 6 deserving HIV/AIDS service organizations around Florida. Since 2003, we’ve raised nearly $15 million. SmartRide is the 2nd largest AIDS bicycle ride in the country, and the only one of its size to give back 100%.
On Friday November 17th, and Saturday November 18th I will join the 20th Anniversary ride with hundreds of other individuals who will ride their bicycles or crew from Miami to Key West 165-miles. Our journey will be one filled with hope, with memories, with pride, and with the dream of a future free of AIDS.
I have set an ambitious goal to help raise $2 Million this year, I personally want to do more than the required $1250 because I believe what we do makes a difference. Did you know that those being infected at the highest rate are ages 13-23, not a typo! Education, prevention, and care can make this disease a memory instead of a present-day reality. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to hang up my bicycle and know that the world is free of HIV and AIDS.
I hope you will consider joining me on this journey and make a generous donation.
Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed; it is the only thing that ever has." You are part of the change, thank you.