With only eight weeks to go until Ride 15, it’s time to commit. You’ve gone on a few rides, just to prove to yourself that you’re ready, and we both know that you can ride those 125 (or 68) miles. More importantly, your commitment to Ride 15 will directly support our beneficiaries. Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, recently vetoed $2.5M in recommended funding for the HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C line item in 2018; a cut would devastate HIV programs and prevention across the Commonwealth and jeopardizes the financial security of all of our beneficiaries.
Get ready – September 23th will be here before we know it and the time to act is now. If you’ve already registered for Ride 15, thank you – we’ll see you on the road! If you haven’t, register now to ride with us again this year and pledge your support for our beneficiaries providing critical support for those living with HIV and AIDS.
Fundraising Tips from H2B
Three of Harbor to the Bay’s top fundraisers are David Whitman, Joe Richard, and Phil Finch. Just to make sure that no one misses out on their collective wisdom, we’ve included some of their tips below!
- Set up your home page on the H2B website – make it personal! Why do you ride?
- Make a long, long list of prospects – the more people you ask, the more who will support you!
- Make your first gift from yourself! It’s easier for people to support something you have already supported. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but the symbolism is important.
- ASK people to support you – they will not give unless you ask! Remember – you are asking people to support great HIV/AIDS organizations, not asking for yourself. Send one round of emails, and then two weeks later – email people who haven’t given again.
- Remember to say thank you – you can’t appreciate your supporters enough!
Safe Cycling & Training
With the kickoff of training season it is time to remind our riders about safe cycling. We want each and every one of you to make it safely to Provincetown! Safety is a paramount value on Harbor to the Bay; your behavior will affect not only your safety, but the safety of those around you. The success of Harbor to the Bay depends on each and every one of us behaving responsibly and taking care of ourselves and one another. Don’t forget: It is mandatory to watch the H2B safety videos!
You’ve heard about the Truro Hills. They’re not quite as tough as you’re imagining, but it will definitely help if you’re prepared! Join Joe Richard at the Arnold Arboretum in JP on Tuesday evenings for hill training and coast over the last few miles to the finish line.
- One of Team AAC’s newest team members, Gabby Fortier, is hosting a fundraising event for Harbor to the Bay at Flatbread Pizza in Somerville on August 22nd. Check out the event details at the Facebook page. Tell your friends and family, bowl, eat pizza and help raise money for Harbor to the Bay!
- The Boston Breakers Women’s Soccer team has once again generously created a link for Harbor to the Bay riders and their friends & family to buy tickets for their match on August 16th. Tickets are discounted when purchased through the link and $15 of each ticket goes to your fundraising goal!
- The cycling team from Mainestreet Ogunquit are hosting their annual Wigs Out staff and more drag show fundraiser for H2B on 8/13 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now!
Cool off with Ketel One
We’ve had some hot summer afternoons here in Boston this month! Be sure to keep hydrated on your training rides and cool off with a Ketel One Strawberry Mule on your rest days.
To make your strawberry mule, muddle 2 fresh strawberries with .75 oz of simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add 1.5 oz of Ketel One Vodka and 1 oz of fresh lime juice and shake with ice. Once cold, strain it into a copper mug filled with ice and top with your favorite ginger beer.
The H2B Board & Planning Committee