YAHAnet's participation in Dignitas Youth's Race 4 Dignity

~ Message from John, YAHAnet Project Coordinator ~

Back in January 2011, I took part in Dignitas Youth's Race 4 Dignity at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Along with 10 other McGill students (including Katie and Lukas from the AIDS 2010 Vienna team), I represented YAHAnet at this full-day cycling event, which involved riding stationary bikes to raise money for Dignitas International so that they can continue to provide thousands of people in Malawi with access to ARVs and prevention.

As a team, YAHAnet raised $1,675, far exceeding our goal!

I was prompted to write this message after I recently discovered a team photo from the event (see below) and began thinking that now would be a great time to share my experience and spread the word about next year's Race 4 Dignity.

I can assure you that the Race 4 Dignity was a lot of healthy fun, and I definitely encourage you to join next year's race if you are a university or high school student in Canada. You can find information here on existing Dignitas chapters at Canadian universities, and you can always start your own chapter! If you don't live in Canada, why not consider hosting your own cycling event with some friends in an indoor or outdoor space—either as a stand-alone event or as part of a larger event for HIV and AIDS awareness? For those of you who live in London, England, the student union at the London School of Economics runs a Dignitas Youth chapter.

Be sure to check out the Dignitas Youth website and connect on Twitter at @dignitasyouth

Never stop raising awareness, never stop fighting stigma, and never stop campaigning to fix gender inequalities. What we do in our life cycle can positively impact today's generation and future generations. We can make a change!

Be safe,

John