When In Doubt, Wear Red

When In Doubt, Wear Red – Bill Blass

The colour red evokes many feelings – danger and anger on one side, with passion and energy on the other.  Either way, red is an emotionally intense colour and a shameless attention grabber.

Perhaps it is no surprise then that red was chosen as the colour for the ribbon campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness.

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The Toronto to Montreal Bike Rally is in its 18th year to raise awareness and support for the work of the People With AIDS Foundation.  Day 3 of this journey is designated as Dress In Red Day which is embraced as a fun day to grab maximum attention as the crimson riders form a ‘long red ribbon’ cycling through the Southern Ontario countryside.

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I had so much fun last year on Red Dress/Dress Red Day that I didn’t want to miss it this year.  I was on the road with my friend Helen at 7 am this morning for the 230 km (143 miles) trip to meet the riders at their first break.

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Bike Rally is a significant fund raiser for the PWA Foundation – the largest direct support agency of its kind in Canada.  Over a million dollars in donations will be raised by the end of the week when the riders and crew finally reach Montreal.

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From the PWA website:

The challenges facing people living with HIV are numerous and complex: episodes of illness, numerous life transitions, discrimination, financial difficulties, social isolation, side effects from medications and long term effects from the virus – to name but a few. PWA provides a safe place to express those concerns and a place where practical information and support services are available.

What’s the next best thing to being on Bike Rally?  Being a supporter!

 

 

 

 

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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72 Responses to When In Doubt, Wear Red

  1. reocochran says:

    I support Red!! Yay, Joanne for last year’s riding and hip hop hooray for being supportive and showing you care this year. 😀

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  2. Meghan says:

    I love that you can just see Jordan in his tutu in the background of one of the photos! And I’m loving following along via Trevor’s FB. Great work gents!!

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  4. Sue Slaght says:

    Oh Joanne so glad you could join for this special day! Hoping the ride is going well for all of them. I’m sure they miss having you as their support and were thrilled to see you!

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  5. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and commented:
    I love the color RED. These photos give new meaning to it.

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  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you for driving all that way to take photos of Red Day. I’ve been looking forward to that. I reckon they’ve outdone last year’s effort. (BTW, love the boys’ cycling shirts!)

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    • joannesisco says:

      As a huge Bugs Bunny fan, I too loved their cycling shirts. Each of them had a cartoon name on the back of their shirts … that’s why I took a photo of their backs.
      I’m soooo glad I didn’t miss it. It would have been very easy to say it was too early in the morning and too far to drive.

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  7. Heyjude says:

    …and were you wearing your red dress too? Must say some of these guys are a little scary, even in their best frocks 😉

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  8. jan says:

    Some great costumes! Across the border here in the US red is the color of the Republican party but I like to wear it anyway.

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  9. Who knew athletes could be so creative with ‘red dress’ as they ride their bikes for such a great cause. I am old enough to remember when a diagnosis of HIV/Aids meant sure death. Now, thankfully, there are medical treatment plans that can last a lifetime. Here’s hoping this year’s event raised a good amount of money to further the cause.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Unfortunately I’m old enough to remember that too. Pharmaceuticals have certainly come a long way in the past 35 years, but unfortunately for those with HIV, life is still pretty challenging.

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  10. joey says:

    Fantastic! Look at them in all their glory! I can imagine it’s a fun event for such a great cause. It’s amazing how far modern medicine has come with treatment, just amazing!

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    • joannesisco says:

      It is a great event and everyone who participates – whether a rider or crew – are all so friendly and it really is a lot of fun.
      Until I learned about Bike Rally, I didn’t appreciate how challenging life is for people with HIV – even with the drugs available that keep them alive. It’s a great cause!

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  11. Corina says:

    I love this! What fun and creativity and all for a wonderful cause.

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  12. It is almost disturbing how good some of these guys look in their finery! 🙂 Am so glad to know you made it to the event this year….I knew a little collarbone injury wouldn’t hold you down for too long…..and naps are a good thing, long trip or not….I highly recommend naps everyday! 🙂

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  13. This is quite a treat to see. I love how each shows his/her own personality in the red dresses. It is a worthy cause as well. I imagine the stigma of having the disease is as traumatizing for many as the disease itself. Awareness is important.

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  14. What amazing fun generous kind people. I love the enthusiasm and sense of humor. Cracked me up, Joanne. I’m glad you made it out there – the photos are priceless. 😀

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    • joannesisco says:

      The camaraderie on Bike Rally is contagious. It brings together a wonderful bunch of people all of whom are supportive and enthusiastic. It’s a tough week, but in my opinion, worth the effort!

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  15. Mrs. P says:

    So glad you made it, I know that this is an event dear to your heart. It’s always fun to see what everyone chooses to wear to the event. I’m extremely jealous that I would look hideous in every one of those outfits…they’re putting me to shame. 😉 I hope they raise a lot of funds.

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  16. How awesome and fun! Love the pictures, love the cause.

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  17. Holy funny Batman!! These guys sure go all out! Some are even sporting nylons. That is a feat in itself 😉 What a great cause! Thanks for sharing… Now I’ve got to clean my phone off from blowing coffee on it from laughter!!

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    • joannesisco says:

      Many of them get quite competitive in their costumes for Dress In Red Day and keep them a closely guarded secret until the day.
      I got a big chuckle out of the one guy in the white wig and heart-shaped glasses who proceeded to tell me how difficult it is to put on nylons – I imagine all that much harder from the inside of a tent. Yup! I’m familiar 😉

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  18. Tippy Gnu says:

    In honor of this day, and to show my support, I will wear my best red dress today.

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  19. Norm 2.0 says:

    Awesome I love it. It’s great to see them really having fun with it while at the same time working for a great cause 😀

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  20. Su Leslie says:

    Fantastic cause — and absolutely fabulous frocks and photos.

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  21. Barbed Words says:

    What a great event and fab pics! Think I’m going to wear red today…

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  22. Suvi says:

    What a great cause! And what good sports those men are, so fun to see their costumes 😀

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  23. Alex Hurst says:

    They all look fabulous!!! I love the belly dancer red the most, I think, though the crisscross red tights with red dress are a close second. Way to show the love, Toronto peeps!

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  24. So glad you got to catch up for a while with your friends on their ride – glamorous and gaudy I love all these outfits!

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  25. Helen C says:

    LOL. What a fun post, Joanne, and it’s for a good cause! I see they all have two water bottles. I guess it must be necessary.

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  26. Haha! What a fun ride, and good cause. I hope the Belly dancer had a lot of sunblock! It was fun looking at the outfits. I laughed out loud once or twice. They’ve got spirit, and guts! 🙂

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  27. bikerchick57 says:

    What an awesome day for a good cause! I love all of the red garb and hairy mens’ legs.

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  28. Joe says:

    These photos are awesome Joanne 😊 The third image is more for my age group (I’m too old for a two piece 😜

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  29. Awesome! I remember this one from last year. How fun!

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  30. treerabold says:

    I’m so glad you got to be at the Dress in Red Day!! I remember your post from last year. I love the photos! This looks like such a fun group to ride with. Of course I can’t begin to imagine riding in some of those outfits…well really, I can’t imagine “me” wearing any of those outfits!! 🙂

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  31. Dan Antion says:

    What a fun ride and such a good cause. I’m glad you could be there, Joanne. I have some red shirts, but I’m not sure I could pull off that look 🙂

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  32. Lynn says:

    Oh Joanne, I am so glad you were able to make the drive to participate in this fun day! Hope the boys are having a fantastic ride & raising a ton of funds this year!

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    • joannesisco says:

      I am so glad I made this trip this morning (although admittedly, I needed a nap this afternoon).
      Everyone’s spirits were very high – Dress In Red Day does have that impact 😀

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  33. I wouldn’t have missed that either! Such a serious cause but a fun and fanciful way to attract attention to it. Some of the guys look way better in the red outfits than I would have – I especially like the belly dancer get-up… very sexy!

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