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The SMART Ride

The 17th annual SMART Ride event this November will proceed as scheduled, only, reimagined.

The SMART Ride (The Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride), November 20-22, 2020, has reimagined this year’s 17th annual event to meet the challenges of the current pandemic. While COVID-19 has changed the way we are able to get together, our cause and goal remains the same. In fact, the needs of those fighting AIDS/HIV in our community are even greater this year with the pandemic adding another obstacle. With a combination of virtual and physical challenges, SMART Ride 17 participants will continue to raise money for those affected and effected by AIDS/HIV throughout Florida.

The SMART Ride has historically been a 2-day 165-mile journey from Miami to Key West. In that spirit, riders this year will be challenged to ride 165 miles, wherever they may be, over the weekend of November 20th - 22nd. In addition, ANYONE can participate this year by committing to logging 165 miles, minutes, or any other measurable metric of a physical challenge that they choose over that weekend. To learn more or to register, visit thesmartride.org.

In addition, virtual events will be held online the week of the event, including the traditional opening ceremonies, candlelight vigil, ride out, and closing ceremonies. The total amount of funds raised will be announced at the conclusion of the weekend on November 22nd

From humble beginnings in 2003 The SMART Ride has become a major force in the State of Florida by providing support to front-line organizations in communities who are providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and working to educate about how to prevent the spread of HIV. Since 2003, SMART Ride has raised over $11.8 million which has been distributed for direct client care. 100% of every dollar raised is distributed to 6 benefitting agencies. Broward House is a proud beneficiary of The SMART Ride. All funds received will support gaps in funding. You can support Broward House by joining our cycling team Give-A-Shift or becoming part of the crew! Broward House received over $186,353 from SMART Ride 16.

Team Give A Shift

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What it means to be a Broward House rider:

Riding 165 miles may begin as a personal challenge, but as you are surrounded by others with a common purpose of making a difference it becomes much more! You recognize that each dollar you raise, each mile you pedal will make a difference in someone’s life. Yes, there will be more services. Yes, the SMART Ride is a fundraiser, but is it also an awareness raiser. Someone will pass you on the road and your presence will inspire them to get tested. Someone will talk to their child about HIV. Someone will talk to their partner about being safe and healthy. Someone will think… If they care about me, I should care for myself and go to the doctor, take my medications. You will tell people who face stigma each day… there are people out there who care, who believe we all deserve hope and dignity. Yes, you will do all of this by just showing up! Ride safe, ride proud – you will make a difference.
 
What it means to be part of the crew:

In the fight for HIV it takes survivors and fighters, friends, family, partners, spouses, community advocates, health care providers, and social workers to bring healing and reduce stigma. On the ride it takes nearly one crew member for each rider. Making a difference requires many skills and loads of compassion, there are many opportunities to be a part of this difference and share what you have to give by crewing or sponsoring the ride.

You can also support team Give-A-Shift by donating to
one of our riders or sponsoring our team!
 
You can also support team Give-A-Shift by donating to
one of our riders or sponsoring our team!
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For more details on riding or crew contact Jana Jaffe at
954-522-4749 x1221 ext.2550 | jjaffe@browardhouse.org
 
If you wish to sponsor our team contact our development department at 954-522-4749
ext. 2550 or Candace Wilson at ext. 1221 | development@browardhouse.org

Broward House is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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