Jan. 27, 2011
'Spin to End (AIDS)' Indoor Cycling Event Slated for Feb. 12
Spin to End (AIDS) 2011, an indoor cycling fundraiser to benefit Action Cycling Atlanta (ACA) and AIDS vaccine research, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Emory’s woodPEC cycling studio.
“For Spin to End, you and five of your friends form a team or you can join an existing team,” says Leon Morales, co-ride director for the Emory AIDs Vaccine Ride this year. “Each rider spins for an hour and raises at least $100, for a team total of $600 or more. Pledges can be from friends, family, co-workers and corporations sponsoring you.” In its ninth year, ACA has raised more than half a million dollars for AIDS vaccine research.
Action Cycling Atlanta is the producer of AIDS Vaccine 200 (AV200), a two-day, 200-mile ride to raise money for the Emory Vaccine Center. The ride takes place in May every year. This year’s ride will be May 14-15. ACA is an all-volunteer organization that donates 100 percent of all money raised by participants to its beneficiaries.
“Spin to End is a precursor event to May’s AV200,” Morales says. “It’s another way for Action Cycling to raise much-needed funds for vaccine research, but also a way to shine even more light on our larger event in May.”
For more information about the event or to register to participate, visit www.SpinToEnd.org, or call 404-954-CYCL (-2925). “You can also sponsor a specific participant or make a general donation by visiting the site,” says Morales. He emphasizes that both serious and more recreational riders participate in the May and Spin to End events.
The mission of the Emory Vaccine Center is to improve human health by conducting fundamental and clinical research that leads to the development of effective vaccines against infectious diseases of global importance, including HIV/AIDS.
“Building public awareness for HIV/AIDS is challenging,” Morales says. “Raising money for an AIDS vaccine is difficult. And making the commitment to accept these challenges is a serious one, but we make it fun – and rewarding – by creating events like Spin to End and the AV200.”