Friday, June 17, 2016

Why Barbara Bikes

Front Porch Employee Raises Nearly 30K in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

CARING Housing Ministries Director of Education and Training, Barbara Schwerdt, didn’t even own a bike when she first embarked on the AIDS/LifeCycle “Ride to End AIDS” in 2011. Now on her third ride, Barbara is a seasoned cyclist who has raised a total of nearly $30,000 since she began. Funds raised by AIDS/LifeCycle go directly to providing life-saving services offered through the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Barbara was inspired to take on the challenge after losing her best friend to AIDS in 1998. “Chris was a one-of-a-kind friend that I was fortunate to have in my life for 15 years. And although nothing will bring him back, the funds we raise each year save the lives of others.”

The 15th Annual AIDS LifeCycle, is a week-long, 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and includes over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists. CARING Housing Ministries contributes by giving Barbara a paid leave to complete the challenge.

Congratulations to Barbara for completing her third AIDS LifeCycle “Ride to End AIDS” and for raising funds and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Get inspired to make a difference! Read more about Barbara’s amazing ride on her blog page and see her photo album here.

CARING Housing Ministries is a Front Porch affiliate which strongly advocates for quality supportive affordable housing. CARING specializes in creating and managing communities that serve people of limited income with exceptional needs, including seniors, families, and those who are physically disabled or have been diagnosed with chronic mental illness. CARING collaborates with non-profit sponsors, government agencies and financial organizations to revitalize existing communities and create new ones.

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