Bapuji Center for AIDS Research & Education, (BCARE) India, BCARE USA INC (501C3) in collaboration with Bicycle Network, Melbourne, and other allies organized AIDS Ride 2014. The final event of the Ride was held on 19 July as a part of the 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne.
During the ride BCARE in association with BBSSU Washington DC, AIDS RIDE South Africa and other allies, covered about 900 km from Boston to Washington DC to sensitized 300 businesses and communities across the USA; and 25 km in the city of Hyderabad, India and sensitized the local public as well as 300 Students of Arora College of Management and Post graduate college involving sexually marginalized and other LGBTQ etc.
The orgnisation has now planned the AIDS Ride 2016 from Melbourne to South Africa.
The AIDS Ride is the world’s largest mass mobilization bicycle ride campaign on HIV/AIDS with respect to geographical connection and mass coverage. The basic objective of the AIDS Ride 2014 was to disseminate the messages on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support to people living in villages and small towns across the country. The aim was also to create an environment, free from stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV, so that they can access the services, without fear or prejudice.
Collaborators and supporters included UNAIDS, UNDP, Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS, (INP+), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, (GHMC) Hyderabad, NACO, State AIDS Control Societies of AP, MEANS Elder Homes, SAHARA Allahad, ICONGO, Rex Karmaveer, HeArtsComingTogether, Gram Bharati Samithi, ZARA realty, New York City, Advocacy Youth, Ghana, Aids Ride South Africa, Ltd, and more.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Magazine in Melbourne)