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Samuel Lapidus
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $10,000.00

My Message

Virtually Riding for a Great Essential Cause

UPDATE: For my birthday I am raising my challenge and setting my new fundraising goal at $10,000!!!

You know me and I am a committed person and even in these unprecedented time I am sticking to my commitments. Although much has changed in such a short period of time, some things haven’t changed in decades.

Starting on Giving Tuesday Now (May 5, 2020) I am challenging myself to cycle 1,200 km by the time the @FriendsForLife #BIkeRally was to depart on August 9th. That’s double the distance that the ride from Toronto to Montreal would have been. I will be doing some riding indoors and hopefully a lot safely outdoors.

It’s kind of funny. We are living with a new pandemic and the reason why you are reading this today is because of an older, and more complicated one.

Where were you in the 1970’s and 80’s? Did you think that a pandemic would lock you in? I bet not but it most certainly did for a number of marginalized groups. AIDS was the story of the day in the 80’s and it changed our society. Look where we are today, dealing with a new pandemic but this one effects 100% of humanity.

Even more complicated is that the HIV virus has yet to be solved and this new Corona virus is so much closer to resolution. You might not feel that today but more scientists are working on the Corona virus than have ever worked on HIV in the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. That’s right, we are still living with a pandemic that predates our current lockdown.

So you might be asking why I am reaching out to you. Do I want to solve HIV/AIDS? Do I want to cure all the world’s viruses? No. I would love all of that but that’s not it. I want your help because people need all of our help. Every day, the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) give those living with HIV an opportunity. They level the playing field, feed those who are having a harder time, take care of medical services for those who have a complicated time, and provide needed counselling and logistic services for those who have came from very dire situations.

Bet you didn’t even know that the majority of new clients of PWA aren’t gay white men. Bet you also didn’t know that PWA helps the children of those who have HIV. The LGBTQ2A community has waved a rainbow flag for so many years and they really make a grate point by doing so. PWA helps every kind of person who lives under our skies.

Well back to the ask. Might you be able to help some people get through the next few months? Can you help those who are effected by this earlier pandemic get past it? Can we fight both pandemics at the same time?

Together we are stronger. Those who really need us, really need us now.

Thanks for all your support and love,


Event Date
Aug 9, 2020 12:00 AM
Location Name
(6-Day Ride) Toronto to Montreal

My Activity

of 600.3 km

My Team

Sam is part of Team "Aye Corona" - Natasha & Sam
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My Supporters (60)

Fraser Young donated $50.00
Jul 30, 2020 10:24 AM
Tyler Shaw donated $75.00
Jul 21, 2020 10:21 PM
Andrew Braithwaite donated $50.00
Jul 15, 2020 4:47 PM
Heidi Gollert donated $200.00
Jul 14, 2020 2:09 PM
Anonymous donated $50.00
Jul 7, 2020 1:59 PM
Alexander Dow donated $50.00
Jun 19, 2020 10:55 PM
Evan LeBlanc donated $1,000.00
Jun 13, 2020 10:02 AM
Rebecca Shrimpton donated $100.00
Jun 1, 2020 10:50 PM
Steve Frappier & William Tanner donated $50.00
Jun 1, 2020 1:12 PM
Halle Cohen donated $180.00
May 27, 2020 3:24 PM
Ron Wells donated $50.00
May 21, 2020 8:12 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 15, 2020 5:31 PM
Lawrence Feldman left a message
May 13, 2020 10:15 AM
HI Sam: proud to support you
lawrence.feldman donated $100.00
May 13, 2020 10:14 AM
Adele Ostfield left a message
May 11, 2020 1:38 PM
Sam, Michael and I applaud your ambition and wish you safe pedaling.
Adele Ostfield left a message
May 11, 2020 1:37 PM
Sam, Michael
Michael & Adele Ostfield donated an undisclosed amount
May 11, 2020 1:31 PM
Anonymous donated $100.00
May 11, 2020 12:13 PM
Bernardo and Jansje Stramwasser left a message
May 11, 2020 10:14 AM
You are doing and admirable feat, Congratulations
bernardo j stramwasser donated an undisclosed amount
May 11, 2020 10:08 AM
Clifford and Tamar Nelson donated $118.00
May 8, 2020 10:52 AM
Daphne and Leslie Goldberg donated $118.00
May 7, 2020 5:16 PM
Susan Friedman donated an undisclosed amount
May 7, 2020 11:56 AM
Eileen Mercier and Chuck Hantho donated $236.00
May 7, 2020 10:48 AM
Halle Cohen left a message
May 6, 2020 2:30 PM
Halle Cohen donated $180.00
Halle Cohen left a message
May 6, 2020 2:23 PM
Always happy to support you for a very worthwhile cause. The very best of luck--good peddling! xoxo
Jonathan & Amanda Lapidus donated an undisclosed amount
May 6, 2020 1:43 PM
Ruth and Harlan left a message
May 6, 2020 1:24 PM
We're thrilled to support you in this cause.
Ruth Mesbur and Harlan Schonfeld donated $118.00
May 6, 2020 1:21 PM
Gaye & Andy Stein donated $50.00
May 6, 2020 11:40 AM
Gale & Allan Garber donated $100.00
May 6, 2020 10:16 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 6, 2020 8:44 AM
Peter Sloane donated an undisclosed amount
May 5, 2020 8:21 PM
Heidi left a message
May 5, 2020 6:48 PM
Great initiative for a great cause!
Heidi Gollert donated $300.00
May 5, 2020 6:47 PM
Carol left a message
May 5, 2020 6:46 PM
Way to go, Sam!!
David and Carol Shamoon donated an undisclosed amount
May 5, 2020 6:46 PM
Marc Estrada donated $100.00
May 5, 2020 6:04 PM
Diana Ginpil donated an undisclosed amount
May 5, 2020 5:55 PM
Wes Walsh left a message
May 5, 2020 5:41 PM
Thanks for making a positive difference for us. Ride safely and have fun.
Wes Walsh donated $100.00
May 5, 2020 5:40 PM
Eleanor Dover left a message
May 5, 2020 5:21 PM
Good for you, Sam. You are doing a great job ! . Love and best regards
Paul Potvin donated $100.00
May 5, 2020 5:12 PM
Paul Potvin left a message
May 5, 2020 5:09 PM
Always happy to support!
Gordon Floyd donated $100.00
May 5, 2020 4:47 PM
Asher Yanich donated $42.00
May 5, 2020 4:45 PM
Michael Schwartz donated $100.00
May 5, 2020 4:43 PM
Anonymous donated $500.00
May 5, 2020 4:09 PM
Femida left a message
May 5, 2020 3:59 PM
Keep it up! wishing you all the best in this effort
Femida Handy donated $150.00
May 5, 2020 3:58 PM
Hugh Furneaux donated $300.00
May 5, 2020 3:55 PM
Yves Precourt donated $200.00
May 5, 2020 11:15 AM
i-piphany Transition Coaching donated an undisclosed amount
May 5, 2020 10:18 AM
Joel Kachuck donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 14, 2020 3:03 PM
Leon & Anita Lapidus donated $1,050.00
Dec 3, 2019 8:52 PM
Anonymous donated $150.00
Dec 3, 2019 11:05 AM
Asher Yanich donated $36.00
Dec 1, 2019 2:26 PM
A Friend left a message
Nov 28, 2019 1:48 PM
Way to go Sam. Three years in a row is a major accomplishment.
Anonymous donated $360.00
Nov 28, 2019 1:48 PM
Sam Lapidus donated $360.00
Nov 27, 2019 9:23 PM