This has been a week full of awesome. Thanks to donors like you, I was able to surpass my fundraising goal. My team has raised over $140,000 for PWA Toronto - four of us are on the top fundraisers list. Amazing.
Since we are leaving on Sunday, our training this week consists of small 50km rides that remind us of how much we love riding. Given that 2 months ago I was terrified of my first 50 km ride I can't believe I consider a 50 km morning ride a critical part of my day now. I leave at 6:00 am and get home at 8:30 am with a clear mind and a ton of energy. I find myself looking for routes everywhere...the cottage? Check.
There have been so many crazy exciting parts of this whole experience over the past 2 months. This week trumped them all though.
Kids in the neighbourhood caught the bug.
First my own kids and their friends held a lemonade stand with the proceeds going to the Bike Rally.
Then, my friend and neighbour Avril took up the banner. She came by my house one afternoon while I was working with the proceeds from her own stand.
From her Mum:
".. I'm not sure what clicked with Avril when you mention to us on the street that you were riding your bike to Montreal, she was the one that asked me why, and after I found out and told her about the TPWA, she took the time to research on the Internet what that was, and what Aids is, totally on her own. She was very determined to have a lemonade stand and donate the money for people that lives with Aids in Toronto. It was totally her idea, and she did mostly everything on her own. She is also very much impressed that you are riding all the way to Montreal. I'm also very impressed with her doing this, because I know she doesnt know you or even the kids very well, but she told me she fell very good doing it, literally, when she got home, her words where, "it feels nice to do that" ..."
It's enough to warm the cockles of my cold dead heart - knowing that there are these passionate, galvanized people living in my home and around my neighbourhood. Not only were they so generous but they inspired a wave of support that brought thousands of dollars to PWA Toronto.
Thousands, of dollars from two beautiful lemonade stands.
My worldview has been tilted by your support and PWA Toronto will be able to offer so much to their community because of it.