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Friends for Life Bike Rally, day three


Friends for Life Bike Rally, day three

Mark Fisher, co-lead of the Friends for Life Bike Rally events and social committee, sports his red dress and pasties for day three of the rally. IMAGE 1 OF 1
Riders arrive in Kingston en route from Toronto to Montreal
Two hundred and eighty two riders set out on their bicycles from Queen’s Park in Toronto on July 29 for the 14th annual Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (TPWAF) Friends for Life Bike Rally.
They’re bound for Montreal. Each rider has raised at least $2,200 to benefit TPWAF, which provides practical and therapeutic support services to those living with HIV/AIDS. But with competition for charitable donations growing ever more fierce, this year’s ride has about 20 fewer registered riders than did last year’s. Still, organizers say they expect to bring in about the same amount as last year.
“I’m comfortable predicting that we’ll raise at least $1.2 million,” says Robert Tomas, TPWAF director of philanthropy and communications. “That is a very good result.”
Tomas says the fundraising gap was closed because some of the participants were very successful in their canvassing efforts. “I believe we have 55 riders who are ahead of our top-fundraiser level of $6,000,” he says. “But it’s still not too late to sponsor a rider. We take donations until September.”
On July 31, day three of the ride, spirits were high as riders sported the traditional red dresses for the comparatively short 51-kilometre pedal from Adolphustown to Kingston. The spectacle made for a grand entrance to the city and, after camping for the first two nights, riders enjoyed some free time and a night in the residences of Queen’s University. It was good timing, as rain showers, the first of the rally, fell on Kingston later in the day.
“So far this is the best rally we could ever hope for,” Tomas says. “The weather has been cooperating, even though at times it has been pretty hot. The majority of our riders are just hitting their strides.”
Thomas, who has high praise for all the support volunteers who make the ride possible, says he suspects all the riders will complete the route in the end. The event is set to wrap up on Friday, Aug 3, in time for riders and crew to enjoy Divers/Cité celebrations in Montreal.   
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Onatrios Non profit Charities
Anyone in the private and public sector knows any Charitable number in Ontario is Required to put 80% of the generated revenue back into the cause. That's the law. My suggestion for everyone that becomes a member or donates ask to see the annual report.
that is the ugliest thing I've ever seen.
Another David
How convenient...another David. Who strangely, chose to calculate a ratio based on 2010 results, instead of easily available results for 2011. I wonder why? See my above comments for more proper context. The fact is, the fundraising expenses for the Bike Rally include a lot more than rider support. I suspect that they include things like advertising agency costs, and media spend to promote the evet....a large portion which probably covered by the Scotiabank sponsorship. How much are you paid to monitor Isreal's disinformation campaign, or are you too a volunteer?
43 per cent of revs went to expenses
Know1, your emotional reaction to David's post refutes facts. On the PWA
2010 Annual Report online
Fundraising and donations - bike rally = $952,252
Fundraising - bike rally = $412,630. This is 43%. So almost half a million expenses came out of near one million revenue. To someone who wants to invest in causes and not infrastructure and possible other uses of collected money, the activities of the charity are very much a concern. The QUIA incidents and the Mikikia queer art debacle are highly determinant of whether an agency is worth supporting. The era where AIDS INC orgs think they are holy is long long over.
Did some fact checking...
In 2011 the total fundraising expense ratio for the Bike Rally event was 36.3%. That includes all costs not just expenses to support riders. The Bike Rally, however, accounted for only 15% of PWA's total expenses. In fact, all fundraising costs for the organization were only 21% of total expenses....that is very respectable by most standards. I also note that the Bike Rally accounted for 41% of PWA's total revenues. Bottom line, by sponsoring a rider you are helping a good charity that is well run. David has cherry picked his numbers to cast the event in the worst possible light. We call that sort of thing, white propaganda.
David...what a poison pen you have...
The Bike Rally has raised over $1 million so far and there is no way almost half a million has been spent on rider support. You are full of shit. The rally is staffed almost exclusively by volunteers, there are no more than 6 or 8 truck rentals (the same size you need to move a one bedroom apartment), the food is basic and much of it is donated, as is a lot of the water and sports drinks. I would be surprised if the event costs the organization more than 10 to 15 percent of gross. I think your real agenda is showing with your reference to QuAIA. You pro-Israel fanatics are relentless. Are you paid to spread disinformation or do you volunteer to be part of the propaganda network?
Going downhill
I used to regularly sponsor a number of bikers in the annual Friends for Life Bike Rally of the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, but not anymore. I have three reasons: (1) The event has a high fundraising cost/revenue ratio. The PWA Foundation incurs relatively large costs for each biker (e.g., food, bottled water, tents/other accommodation, cube vans to haul everything from campsite to campsite, storage bins, return train ticket to Toronto). For example, the fundraising cost/revenue ratio for the bike rally was 43% in 2010 (based on information in the PWA Foundation's annual financial statements on their website). In other words for every dollar that you gave to a biker in 2010, $0.43 was spent on the costs of the bike rally. If you really want to fund the PWA Foundation’s programs for people living with AIDS and HIV, it would be better to make a direct donation to the Foundation (100% of which could be applied to those programs). (2) In 2011, the PWA Foundation co-sponsored a QuAIA event that was held at the same time as the annual AIDS vigil See: http://queersagainstapartheid.org/2011/06/15/learning-tactics-and-strategies-with-act-up/ I don’t want my donation dollars to be used to support QuAIA in any way whatsoever – especially for an event that competed with the AIDS vigil. (3) In 2011, Mikiki Hickey, the then POZ Prevention Coordinator at the PWA Foundation, prepared a poster entitled (quote) I Party. I Bareback. I'm Positive. I’m Responsible. (end of quote). This poster was plastered around Toronto on the eve of the 2011 World AIDS Day. See: http://www.xtra.ca/public/Toronto/Dare_you_to_look_deeper-11147.aspx I don’t think it’s appropriate for a poz prevention coordinator at an AIDS charity to publicly promote drug use and barebacking. Since the PWA Foundation no longer represents my values, I no longer donate to it. There are other AIDS charities to give money to.
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