My name is Karen Donahue and I, along with 2500 other bicyclists, will be riding our bicycles down the California coast (from San Fransisco to Los Angeles) June 1-7, for a fundraiser called “AIDS Life Cycle” that benefits people living with HIV/AIDS. I’ve done this ride 3 times and it’s been more than 14 years since I last did this ride. I am now 57…which isn’t so amazing really. People much older than me are also riding a bicycle for this very cause.
I decided to do this again at this time…because I still have some of my youth and vitality but mostly because HIV/AIDS is not talked about or swept under the rug and people are being really affected/infected without the proper education and help. The most vulnerable group on the rise is our young people 13-19 as well as in their 20′s. This subject is not taught in school…safe sex, protected sex or abstinence. So…I want to make a difference with regard to this virus.
I am rider #4126 and my direct participants page is as follows:
There you will find my reason for riding and a host of other info.
I hope to gain financial donations from anyone affected or moved by what they have read on my page. All monies go to support anyone and everyone who needs help from the two foundations that the money gets directed to. There is fact sheets stating where, how and why and to whom money donated goes to. Please read my page and it will become clear what I’m writing about.
Meanwhile…Alpine has become my practice ground for its lovely rolling hills than ever before. When I did this ride and trained for it before…hills were not really in abundance like they are here!
On May 3rd, Saturday at Rady Children’s Hospital all of the Kiwanis Clubs in San Diego County will be sending their representatives to participate in The Annual Miracle Mile of Quarters, known as MMQ. The Event starts at 8:00 a.m. and involves youngsters from Kiwanis Sponsored Youth Organizations, Key Clubs, Circle “K” Clubs, and newly created “Open Class” which include youths from any Organization such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
There are 50 teams of youngsters and they are issued 2000 quarters for each team. They have three hours to complete their designs on one mile of plush red carpet which has been placed in front of Rady Children’s Hospital. When I worked this Event in 2012, there were 350 youngsters present at The Event and 60 Kiwanians who assisted in feeding the youngsters and over seeing their activities. They are graded on the following: Theme/Content Style, Creativity, Movement/focal Point/ Composition and Craftsmanship. Each Kiwanis Club in San Diego County bring quarters to be used in The Event and in 2012 they brought $25,000 in quarters, checks or cash to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. The Alpine Kiwanis Club brought $6,000 in quarters, as they will do this year. Later on in the year The Kiwanis Club of Alpine will also donate half of the proceeds from “The Bicycle Challenge” which is being held on 4-26 in Alpine.
Music will be provided and there is free parking at Rady Children’s Hospital’s parking garage and The Ronald McDonald’s parking garage which are directly across the street from Rady Children’s Hospital. Plaques will be handed out to the winners and three places will be awarded each Youth Organizations winner. The Event should wrap up about noon. The Public of course is invited and please join us in this wonderful Event to benefit Rady Childrens Hospital.
Dick Rabell, Kiwanis Club Member