ARSA Congratulates AIDS Ride 2012

ARSA congratulates B’CARE’s successful AIDS Ride 2012, a cycling event from Boston, passing through ARSA’s home turf of New York City and ending at the International AIDS Conference 2012 in Washington, DC. ARSA provided B’CARE with local support for the riders, who cycle from one international AIDS conference to the next.

Riders (from left) Giri Kumar Makarla, Surya Prakash Makarla, and Shisu Alhaji Yakuba at International AIDS Conference 2012.

B’CARE stands for Bapuji Center for AIDS Research & Education, a nonprofit in India which has become a global organization. It exists as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States. AIDS Ride 2012 is an official affiliated event of the International AIDS Conference. AIDS Ride 2012 was intended to link the last conference, the International AIDS Conference 2010 in Vienna, Austria, to the current conference in Washington via a cycling route.

The nine-day, domestic ride started off on July 13 at the Newton, Massachusetts, office of US Representative Barney Frank, who is the first openly gay Congressman and who recently married his partner. The cyclists arrived in Washington just a day ahead of the start of the conference held July 22 through 27. ARSA hosted the cyclists as they passed through New York City.

“Our journey was incredible,” says Surya Prakash Makarla, chair of B’CARE USA, who adds that the Ride aims to remind youths, adults, global leaders and activists that promises made at one AIDS conference should be fulfilled by the next conference, which takes place every other year. The International AIDS Conference 2014 will be held in Melbourne, Australia.

One of the AIDS Ride 2012 cyclists is Shisu Alhaji Yakuba, from Ghana, an AIDS advocate who has cycled more than 200,000 kilometers globally.

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