Those of you who know me in person know that I love to cook. I really enjoy the act of taking a few simple ingredients, putting a little work in, and coming up with something delicious. And as it turns out I’m cooking up something for next year.
In 2010 I did my first Bike Rally to raise money for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation and rode to Montreal. In 2011, I did the ride again but to raise more money I started Long Ride East, a project in which I rode beyond Montreal after the official Bike Rally – how far I rode was dictated by the amount I was able to raise. In the end, I rode another 400 kilometres to Quebec City – a little over 1,000 Kilometres.
The following year, I wanted to do something different, and partly inspired by many friends who said “The Bike Rally is a great cause – I wish I could give you some money, but I’m pretty broke right now,” I came up with 500 Kindnesses. This project, as you know, raised acts of kindness – something everyone can do.
In 2014, as most of you know, I’ll be doing the Bike Rally again. I’m really excited to be joining so many amazing and kind people working for such a good cause. But this time, I’m taking everyone in to account. For those of you who can, I’d love it if you’d make a pledge to support the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation by clicking here. But for those who would prefer a “payment in kind” as it were, that option is also available. Just visit the Pledge Page and pledge your act of kindness. At the end of each month I will make a pledge to the Bike Rally of $1 for each pledge received that month (up to a total of $200) in the name of 500 Kindnesses Participants. I’ve just reset the pledge counter to zero (with the target as 3 more than we have – as we can always use more!).