Chuck Hinchliffe - Rider # 72
On Friday November 16th, and Saturday November 17th I will join hundreds of other individuals who will ride their bicycles or crew from Miami to Key West, 165-miles. Our journey will be one filled with hope, filled with pride, and filled with the dream of a future free of AIDS. This year will mark the 15th year of The SMART Ride journey, I have set an ambitious goal to help raise more than the required $1250 because I believe what we do makes a difference (and because 100% of the money you donate will go back to the community).
The event guarantees that every penny that I raise (with your help) will be given to AIDS Service Organizations and directed to prevention, education and direct services. Together we can make a real difference, we can change the world, and help free future generations of living with HIV, while helping those already affected, infected or at risk today stay healthy.
Here is a link to my blog post about my ride last year: https://markandchuckadventures.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/my-smartride-2017-journey-miami-to-key-west/
Metro Wellness & Community Centers is a multi-faceted agency in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties serving the HIV+ community via Medical Case Management, Eligibility, Minority AIDS Initiative, Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Prevention/Testing/Outreach services. We have funding from Ryan White Part A and B, Project AIDS Care, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and many other grants and awards. We also serve three counties via our Metro Centers which provide crucial community resources including; LGBTQA Primary Care, Pharmacy, Targeted Programming that address the specific needs of our diverse population, a David Bohnett Foundation Cyber Center, meeting space and safe haven for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer and Ally communities. Metro has a 23 year history of compassionate community service and care.
We can share the words of Margaret Mead "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has".