Header Image
PLEASE SPONSOR
Catherine Nasmith
Amount Raised
$15,155.00
Fundraising Goal $20,000.00

My Message

Bike Rally: Different in 2020

I hope that you and your household are well, comfortable and safe. These are such strange times, discombobulating at a minimum. Not only are we socially isolated, but you may be experiencing financial uncertainty, or health challenges, so it is with more than a little trepidation that I am asking you to support my fundraising for People with AIDS (PWA) If it isn’t possible, no need to explain. But if you are able to help, your donation will make a positive difference for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Since my brother Carl died in 2014, (his illness was complicated by being HIV positive) I have been proud to ride annually from Toronto to Montreal with Friends for Life Bike Rally in his memory. PWA was Carl’s favourite charity. People have become accustomed to seeing Carl’s picture on my back as I ride. May 10 is the anniversary of his death, May 27 is his birthday and Carl’s favourite flowers, iris and peonies, bloom in May.  May seems like the right month to start asking for support.

This year, the need is greater than ever. PWA is worried that they may not have the resources to serve their clientele. They are the only AIDS agency open, serving a population that is disproportionately at risk. They have seen a staggering 38% increase in demand for food and financial support. The Bike Rally usually provides 40% of the funding for People with Aids to provide social, emotional, and financial support. Fundraising is doubly challenging in these times.

The organizers, all volunteers, have done a pivot in response to the pandemic lockdown, which has made the usual 600k Bike Rally from Toronto to Montreal impossible. Instead, participants are invited to set up their own individual challenge over the next 90 days using the number 600 as a guide. We will be virtually linked together into one big drive. One woman has decided to do the equivalent of walking to Montreal. Some will dance their way. I will be riding, but alone. I have been preparing by riding indoors all winter and began riding outdoors in April. (brrr)

For the 90 days of the #600 Challenge I will be logging all the distance I ride, and hope to do 400k in May, 500 in June, 600 in July, and 700 or more in August, mostly in very hilly Muskoka. That would be equivalent to riding 600k 3 or 4 times, in a much more challenging terrain than along the relatively flat shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. I hope that is a big enough challenge to inspire you to support my fundraising drive. I will write to you once a month to keep you up to date on my progress, letting you know the distance and metres of climbing, and any adventures I have along the way.

As disappointments go, not being able to ride to Montreal is small compared to the difficulties many are facing. Even though there will be lots of virtual fun I will miss the camaraderie.  What matters is making sure PWA can meet this challenge. I have been training hard, fighting aging, and gravity to be able to ride. The photo on my personal page has me all geared up for one of the many very cold rides this spring. I do find riding calming in these times, but without a goal like the Bike Rally, it is easy to put off riding to another day. Your support will keep me out there on the bike, keeping this pledge I am making to you, to PWA and to myself.

To make a donation go to:

P.S. The photo in front of our building in Windermere, Muskoka is from the fall ride, we were set to ride around Lake Rosseau, 70k and 1100m of climbing. That event raised the first 1,650.00 towards my goal of $20,000.00

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

My Activity

1,327.4
of 600.3 km
1,765
minutes

My Team

Catherine is part of Team Passing Fancy - Ari & Eli
View Team Page
%TeamName% is affiliated with %CorporateTeamName%

My Supporters (133)

Carolyn Hill donated an undisclosed amount
Aug 4, 2020 1:30 PM
Jessie and Nigel donated $100.00
Jul 30, 2020 8:31 PM
Andrew Dunbar-Nasmith donated $100.00
Jul 30, 2020 4:54 PM
Elsa left a message
Jul 30, 2020 11:45 AM
Your dedication and determination on carrying this through, despite the pandemic, is impressive and inspirational. Congrats on well surpassing your kilometre goal, already!
Elsa L. donated $200.00
Jul 30, 2020 11:43 AM
Dean donated $100.00
Jul 30, 2020 8:13 AM
Kerry Peacock donated $100.00
Jul 27, 2020 5:30 PM
Kerry Peacock left a message
Jul 27, 2020 5:27 PM
Great job..all the best
Kerry Peacock left a message
Jul 27, 2020 5:26 PM
all the best Catherine..you're a heroine!
Devorah Miller donated $50.00
Jul 27, 2020 12:02 PM
David Clarry donated $100.00
Jul 19, 2020 9:51 PM
Margie Zeidler donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 19, 2020 6:04 PM
Liz Rykert donated $500.00
Jul 15, 2020 12:16 PM
Nina Chapple donated $50.00
Jul 15, 2020 11:39 AM
Mom left a message
Jul 14, 2020 2:24 PM
Go Cathy
Anne W. donated $1,000.00
Jul 14, 2020 2:24 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 14, 2020 10:44 AM
Augustus Butterfield donated $50.00
Jul 14, 2020 12:28 AM
Robin B left a message
Jul 12, 2020 5:10 PM
What a rider you have become! Congratulations on your commitment to yourself and to Carl.
Robin Buyers donated $105.00
Jul 12, 2020 5:09 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 12, 2020 3:09 PM
Donna Crossan donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 12, 2020 2:11 PM
Ken O’B left a message
Jul 11, 2020 7:06 AM
Happy pedalling!
Ken O’Brien donated $25.00
Jul 11, 2020 7:05 AM
Robert Eisenberg left a message
Jul 10, 2020 3:41 PM
Happy Trails - wear sunscreen
Robert Eisenberg donated $250.00
Jul 10, 2020 3:40 PM
Anne McIlroy donated $200.00
Jul 10, 2020 11:23 AM
Don left a message
Jul 10, 2020 9:23 AM
Ride hard, all the best!
Don Loucks donated $100.00
Jul 10, 2020 9:22 AM
Sue Clarry donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2020 10:01 PM
Linda & Alan donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2020 1:25 PM
Leith Hunter donated $125.00
Jul 9, 2020 1:10 PM
Cultivate Design donated $200.00
Jul 9, 2020 12:51 PM
Jenny and Mark donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2020 12:01 PM
Donald Winkler donated $100.00
Jul 9, 2020 11:47 AM
Sandra Shaul left a message
Jul 9, 2020 11:21 AM
Way to go. Best of luck.
Sandra Shaul donated $100.00
Jul 9, 2020 11:21 AM
Larry Wayne Richards donated $50.00
Jul 9, 2020 11:02 AM
Gerard left a message
Jul 9, 2020 11:00 AM
Sending love, encouragement and fondest thought of Carl who I miss every day.
Gerard gauci donated $300.00
Jul 9, 2020 10:59 AM
Gail Pool donated $25.00
Jul 9, 2020 10:28 AM
John McQuaker donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2020 10:23 AM
Mark Guslits donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2020 10:20 AM
Anonymous donated $200.00
Jul 9, 2020 10:13 AM
Marion Washington donated $300.00
Jun 30, 2020 12:24 PM
Scott James donated $100.00
Jun 29, 2020 10:02 AM
Bruce Nasmith donated $200.00
Jun 27, 2020 4:44 PM
Sheena donated $50.00
Jun 24, 2020 6:04 PM
Pat Nasmith left a message
Jun 20, 2020 3:14 PM
It is inspiring to see you doing this year after year.
P Nasmith donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 20, 2020 3:12 PM
Norb Lisinski donated $20.00
Jun 20, 2020 1:07 PM
Peggy Brendel donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 19, 2020 9:19 PM
Judy Goldstein left a message
Jun 19, 2020 5:41 PM
We're with you. Keep up this tribute to your brother.
Anonymous donated $40.00
Jun 19, 2020 5:39 PM
Kerry Kilmury donated $60.00
Jun 18, 2020 2:47 PM
Ted Nasmith donated $100.00
Jun 18, 2020 1:17 PM
Julia Creet left a message
Jun 17, 2020 1:20 PM
Ride on Catherine! Would love to come chug up some hills with you.
Julia Creet donated $100.00
Jun 17, 2020 1:19 PM
Trisha Nasmith left a message
Jun 17, 2020 12:53 PM
You are doing a great job for PWA, once again!
pat nasmith donated $100.00
Jun 17, 2020 12:52 PM
Gerry Anthony left a message
Jun 16, 2020 5:17 PM
Good Luck Cathy - hope the riding goes well and you will have the wind at your back.
Geraldine (Gerry) Anthony donated $40.00
Jun 16, 2020 5:16 PM
Rollo Myers donated $100.00
Jun 16, 2020 2:48 PM
Erin O'Callaghan donated $150.00
Jun 16, 2020 11:31 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 16, 2020 3:42 AM
Augustus Butterfield donated $50.00
Jun 15, 2020 11:24 PM
Robert Allsopp donated $500.00
Jun 15, 2020 5:26 PM
Aleck Dadson donated $100.00
Jun 15, 2020 4:13 PM
Elizabeth Baird donated $100.00
Jun 15, 2020 3:48 PM
Jane and Eb Zeidler donated $300.00
Jun 15, 2020 3:29 PM
David James donated $50.00
Jun 15, 2020 1:47 PM
Lorelei donated $100.00
Jun 15, 2020 1:02 PM
Lisa Pottie donated $200.00
Jun 15, 2020 12:25 PM
Peter Hobbs donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 15, 2020 12:08 PM
Gee left a message
Jun 15, 2020 12:03 PM
May luck and favourable weather speed you on your way over hill and dale
Gee Chung donated $50.00
Jun 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Phil Goldsmith donated $50.00
Jun 15, 2020 11:59 AM
Liz Lundell and Guy Burry donated $100.00
Jun 15, 2020 8:56 AM
Fiorino Design Inc. donated $150.00
Jun 11, 2020 11:06 AM
Mary Anne left a message
Jun 8, 2020 10:01 AM
I'll be thinking of you on those hills. You go, girl!
Anonymous donated $20.00
Jun 8, 2020 10:00 AM
Penina Coopersmith donated $75.00
Jun 3, 2020 11:48 AM
Robert Buckingham donated an undisclosed amount
May 28, 2020 3:28 PM
Alison von Criegern donated $50.00
May 27, 2020 9:09 AM
Janet Walters donated $50.00
May 26, 2020 2:19 PM
Joe Lobko donated $200.00
May 24, 2020 9:57 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 22, 2020 2:02 PM
Anne Beach Beach Johnston donated an undisclosed amount
May 22, 2020 9:02 AM
Sheila left a message
May 21, 2020 8:11 PM
you amaze me
R Nasmith donated $100.00
May 21, 2020 8:10 PM
Anne left a message
May 21, 2020 1:13 PM
Love the pic !
Anonymous donated $100.00
May 21, 2020 1:13 PM
Dan Schneider donated an undisclosed amount
May 20, 2020 11:15 AM
Julian Bernard donated $75.00
May 19, 2020 7:43 PM
michael mcclelland left a message
May 19, 2020 9:43 AM
cheers Cathy!
michael mcclelland donated an undisclosed amount
May 19, 2020 9:42 AM
Taylor Hazell Architects donated $200.00
May 19, 2020 9:40 AM
Eliot McRae donated $50.00
May 19, 2020 8:43 AM
Eliot McRae left a message
May 19, 2020 8:40 AM
Keep up the good work Cathy.
Michael Bryan Vaughan donated an undisclosed amount
May 18, 2020 5:38 PM
Michael Vaughan left a message
May 18, 2020 5:31 PM
Cathy, when you take on something you go all the way. It is an inspiration.
Sally Gibson donated an undisclosed amount
May 18, 2020 1:35 PM
Joanne Nasmith donated $25.00
May 18, 2020 12:57 PM
Karen Lang left a message
May 18, 2020 12:16 PM
Great ride goal! Be safe!
Karen and Donald Lang donated $250.00
May 18, 2020 12:15 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 18, 2020 11:20 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 18, 2020 11:04 AM
Bruce Wither donated $250.00
May 18, 2020 10:03 AM
Bob Sirman left a message
May 18, 2020 9:43 AM
Yours is the best solicitation letter I have every read, and I have read a lot. Brava, Kathy!
Robert Sirman donated $1,000.00
May 18, 2020 9:42 AM
sue dexter donated $100.00
May 17, 2020 8:48 PM
Pam Mazza left a message
May 17, 2020 8:45 PM
You are amazing, Catherine, and such an inspiration. Here’s to our respective brothers!
Pam Mazza donated $275.00
May 17, 2020 8:37 PM
Helen Edwards left a message
May 17, 2020 8:29 PM
Happy to support you on your ride.
Helen Edwards donated $500.00
May 17, 2020 8:28 PM
Sonia Nasmith donated $50.00
May 17, 2020 8:26 PM
Robin Buyers donated $105.00
Jan 31, 2020 7:44 AM
Connie donated $150.00
Dec 31, 2019 2:27 PM
Glenn Gundermann donated $100.00
Dec 15, 2019 5:16 PM
D left a message
Oct 18, 2019 2:13 PM
Thank You
Anonymous donated $225.00
Oct 18, 2019 2:13 PM
Mark Moniz donated $100.00
Oct 16, 2019 10:31 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Oct 7, 2019 6:48 PM
Michael left a message
Oct 7, 2019 6:43 PM
Thanks Again for a fantastic weekend! Next year i might be up for loops with Geoff )
Michael Shreve donated $200.00
Oct 7, 2019 6:41 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Oct 7, 2019 5:57 PM
Eli left a message
Oct 7, 2019 5:02 PM
Your generosity and dedication are stellar. Tour de Rosseau - a tour de force.
Geoff left a message
Oct 7, 2019 8:17 AM
Great that you're riding again in 2020!
Geoff Gibson donated $200.00
Oct 7, 2019 12:00 AM
Jeff Otto donated $100.00
Oct 7, 2019 12:00 AM
Vanessa Pinto donated $50.00
Oct 7, 2019 12:00 AM
Dean Miller donated $100.00
Oct 7, 2019 12:00 AM
Eli Elsasser donated $100.00
Oct 7, 2019 12:00 AM