Upper Canada College’s sixth annual “Race for Dignity” spin-a-thon on March 28 raised more than $40,000 in support of Dignitas International’s mother-to-child HIV prevention programs in the developing world.
The largely student-run event attracted about 600 students from nine schools to UCC’s Hewitt Athletic Centre for the afternoon. Students in the organizing committee worked for months to bring “Race for Dignity” together, while all of the participants did their part by riding stationary bicycles to raise funds and awareness for this important global health issue.
The York School, Royal St. George’s School, The Bishop Strachan School, Branksome Hall, Havergal College, Weston Collegiate Institute and Vaughan Road Academy took part in UCC’s “Race for Dignity,” which has raised close to $250,000 over its existence. BSS collected the most money this year on a per student basis.
Many of the students were decked out in interesting costumes to add to the spirit of the day, and the fun also included an African dance contest, a limbo candy-eating competition and games of Twister. Staff and faculty members from the participating schools also took part, including UCC’s Steve Dubrick, Evan Williams, Mario Sturino, Julian Bauld, Rich Turner and Avia Peacock.
All that pedalling was hard work, and apples, cupcakes, cookies and drinks — as well as wraps and discount coupons from Freshii — were provided to those who needed a break to replenish themselves.
“Race for Dignity” is affiliated with Dignitas International, a medical humanitarian organization that develops solutions for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other priority diseases. Dignitas Youth is a growing network of young leaders engaging their communities in global health issues and raising funds in support of the organization’s life-saving initiatives. You can find out more about Dignitas here.
A video outlining what Dignitas and the “Ride for Dignity” do, and featuring a message of support from comedian Rick Mercer, was shown at the event. You can watch it here.
Here are more photos from the “Race for Dignity.”