San Fran to LA on a Small Hard Seat

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Chris Curnow's presentation on his bike ride from LA to San Fran, and his fundraising for HIV/AIDS

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San Fran to LA on a Small Hard Seat

  1. 1. San Fran – LA on a Small Hard Seat Christopher Curnow – 3 rd February 2009
  2. 2. Christopher Curnow - Rider #1411 [email_address] - Mob: 04 1616 3361 www.aidslifecycle.com 7 Days 880km (545 miles) San Francisco to Los Angeles Riding a Bike (with a small hard seat) Raising $10,000 for HIV/AIDS $0 $9,000 $10,000
  3. 3. Why? <ul><li>Good question, I still haven’t worked that out yet… </li></ul><ul><li>For the challenge; </li></ul><ul><li>For a good cause; </li></ul><ul><li>For a holiday in the US - yes I am paying for my own flights. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Goals <ul><li>Raise $10,000 (AUD) for HIV/AIDS – Split amongst various AIDS/HIV agencies; </li></ul><ul><li>Create awareness of the cause – to hopefully get through the plethora of causes we see every day; </li></ul><ul><li>Ride 900km in a week without too much pain. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fundraising <ul><li>Chocolates; </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Donations; </li></ul><ul><li>Birthday/X-Mas Money; </li></ul><ul><li>Friends; </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Seminar; </li></ul><ul><li>Party with donation bowl – no keys allowed. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Background – AIDS/HIV <ul><li>HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus affecting cells in the human immune system. </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to progressive deterioration of the immune system, then AIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) the term applied to advanced stages of HIV, defined by 20 ore more opportunistic infections. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Global Facts <ul><li>Since 1981 (first identification) HIV has killed more than 25 million people; </li></ul><ul><li>30 million people living with HIV; </li></ul><ul><li>3 million new infections each year; </li></ul><ul><li>2 million deaths a year; </li></ul><ul><li>2/3 living with HIV are in Sub-Saharan Africa; </li></ul><ul><li>Orphaned more than 14 million children in Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>5.2% of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa are infected, compared with 0.3% in Australia. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Prevention <ul><li>No cure, but treatment can prevent AIDS and extend life expectancy; </li></ul><ul><li>Only 42% coverage of treatment (35% in 2007); </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 have TB also, which is mostly curable and preventable; </li></ul><ul><li>US$15bn spend in 2008, UNAIDS estimates US$25bn is required in 2010. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Progress <ul><li>% living with HIV has stabilised, the number is still increasing; </li></ul><ul><li>New infections stabalising; </li></ul><ul><li>Children living with HIV has increased 400% in the last two decades, but the number of deaths is falling; </li></ul><ul><li>40% of 15-24 year olds have adequate knowledge of how to prevent infection (60% for ….); </li></ul><ul><li>35% of pregnant women infected receive treatment, up from 10% in 2003; </li></ul><ul><li>3 fold increase in treatment in 6 years – saving lives, improving quality of life, rejuvenating households and saving communities and societies. </li></ul>
  10. 11. What you don’t see <ul><li>0.5% decrease to growth in high-prevalence countrties; </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals being turn away from their own families, children and spouses. </li></ul><ul><li>Exorbitantly high cost of treatment (more than 100% of income in some caseS); </li></ul><ul><li>Lost productivity in economy; </li></ul><ul><li>Broken families; </li></ul><ul><li>Orphaned children; </li></ul><ul><li>And more…. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Thankyou <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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