Thanks to everyone who took the opportunity to read my first blog entry this week. I’ve received a surprising amount of interest and support from friends, family and community members. Since publishing my first entry a few friends whom I’ve known for a long time have written me to say thank you and offer their support because they have also lost close family members/friends as a result of HIV/AIDS. How is it that I have known these friends for so long and I am only learning of this now? This makes me wonder? How many of us are connected to someone who is either living with HIV/AIDS or has lost someone to the disease? Just a thought….
Since writing my last post a few interesting things have happened. First of all, I had to strum up courage to pick up the phone and call my parents – I still hadn’t informed them of my little adventure. Luckily, my parents are the coolest people in the world and my family is behind me 100%. After officially going public on facebook and twitter a few individuals stepped up to offer their services. Cindy L’Hirondelle of 3PennyBooks has offered to help me shoot a promotional video, AJ aka @VIHippieChic (twitter) as offered to help me write my proposal and Pat Bay Reflective has offered to sponsor me with all the reflective products I need so I can ride safely. These are just a few of the folks that have offered their support. In future I will set up a thank you page to acknowledge the wonderful people who have offered their talents and services to help raise AIDS awareness and further this project.
Today was an interesting day! First I learned that both Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Service Society will be teaming together to help me with fundraising logistics etc.. Than I discovered that VIPWA has a sister organization in south africa named Ukulapha – a grassroots community project in that offers support to orphan headed households & families with vulnerable children. Since I will be supporting local non-profits VIPWA and VARCS I am also looking forward to speaking with Ukulapha founder Carolyn Burns to learn more about this international organization. To learn out more about these organizations just click on the links listed under “Friends”.
Well, I’d hate to love ya and leave ya, but work is calling!
Oh and a quick mention before I head to work. Thanks to Royal Roads journalism student Donald Kennedy for interviewing me today. It was great to meet you and I look forward to reading your blog soon!