Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

I was at the Austin march on Saturday & it was amazing. What a smart, talented group can pull together in a short amount of time. People were happy & friendly — it reminded me of AIDS Walk Austin & the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. And, because I’m me, a U2 song was playing in my head — Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way. Especially these words: “write a world where we can belong to each other, and sing it like no other”. It seems to me that’s what this generation of activists is doing, and that’s what the Hill Country Ride for AIDS does. And then I saw an Instagram drawing that Bono did for David Hogg after he heard that they were listening to U2’s music. Seems I was more in tune than I knew.

The Hill Country Ride for AIDS raises money for local organizations that serve people with HIV & AIDS. I’ve done it every year it has existed. Never done every mile, but I’m there every year. Because helping my neighbors makes my life better, too. The cause is, of course, a fantastic one; but the Ride itself is wonderful & beautiful – it is one day of the way we wish the world was. This ride raises money for services for persons with AIDS in the central Texas area. Food bank, counseling services, legal services, and numerous other ways of assisting our brothers & sisters who are ill. There are people I love dearly who are HIV+ & who need the services AIDS Services of Austin provides, but what’s more important are the people I don’t know. The people I know have people who care about them. What really drives me – what makes me want to raise more money every year, are the people who don’t have anyone. That’s why this is important. I want to help the people I love, but I want people who have no one to have the help they need.

This ride benefits AIDS Services of Austin & other organizations in Austin that provide direct assistance to people with HIV & AIDS. They do things like case management, a food bank, and prevention & education. Everything they do helps people.

The amazing David Smith, our former Ride Director, says that we get a glimpse of the way the world should be on this ride and it is true. If you are close enough to Austin to do this ride, you really should. It is amazing, and the kickoff party later this month will be amazing. But if you’re not lucky enough to live in the Austin area, could you please donate? I know times are tight and lots of other people are asking for money, but this is different. These donations will directly help out people who really need it. Food and counseling and assistance with housing and legal matters — these are real things that people really need. So, please donate to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS



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