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Press and publicity

If you are interested in covering my progress both in training and during the trip, please contact me by e-mailing:

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You can write to me at the address on the Contact & Comment page.

 

I have already had coverage from a few of the local papers. Take a look at my press cuttings page!

 

I issued the press release below on 20 April 2006:

 

Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride for HIV and AIDS.

Keen cyclist Andrew Auld will be setting off on a 1,000 mile journey on 1 May which will take him from Land’s End to John O’Groats on his bike to raise money for Crusaid.

Andrew (33) of Crich, Derbyshire, will take 12 days to complete the route which takes him through some of the best countryside in the UK and aims to raise £3,000 for Crusaid, an HIV and AIDS charity.

Andrew has chosen Crusaid because he has been a supporter of their work for ten years but feels that being a quiet personal donor is not enough. He said: “One of the problems with HIV and AIDS is the stigma that still surrounds the disease and this is because people just don't know enough about it. By doing something dramatic like cycling from one end of the country to the other, I have the chance to raise the profile of the cause at the very least among my family and friends.

“It is a frightening thought that in the time it takes me to cycle a mile, five children will become infected worldwide and 24 people will die.”

Every day Crusaid is working towards a world where poor and marginalized people affected by HIV and AIDS can live with dignity and have a decent quality of life. Robin Brady, Chief Executive of Crusaid, is very supportive of Andrew’s challenge. “Community fundraisers like Andrew are truly inspiring and I’m constantly impresses at the lengths they go to, to raise money to provide help and hope to people affected by HIV and AIDS.”

Andrew, who cycle-commutes the 26 miles to and from his job at Derby City Council is training hard during April ready for the off. At the same time, he is working hard to promote his fundraising website, www.cyclaid.org.uk to family, friends and work colleagues, encouraging them to give generously. On the route he will be supported by and will be staying with friends nearly every day.

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For further information contact

About the bike ride

Andrew Auld

 

 

About the charity

Elana McIntyre                                                        tel 020 7539 3880

Crusaid Marketing and Communications Officer         

 

 

Notes for editors

HIV

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

HIV infects and gradually destroys an infected person's immune system, reducing their protection against infection and cancers.

Initially, someone living with HIV may show no symptoms of HIV infection as their immune system manages to control it. However, in most cases their immune system will need help from anti-HIV drugs to keep the HIV infection under control. These drugs do not completely rid the body of HIV infection.

AIDS

AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

AIDS is not a single disease or condition. Instead, it is a term that describes the point when a person’s immune system can no longer cope because of the damage caused by HIV and they start to get one or more specific illnesses.

People do not actually die from AIDS; they die from the cancers, pneumonia or other conditions that may take hold when their immune system has been weakened by HIV.

HIV worldwide

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has estimated that there are up to 40 million people living with HIV in the world. Seventy percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the three worst affected countries - Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe - about one in three people is living with the virus. In comparison, there is no country outside Africa where more than one in 20 people is living with the virus.

However, although Africa continues to be the worst-affected region, many of the countries with the highest rates of growth are outside Africa. These include India, China, Russia and most of the other former Soviet states.

Statistics about HIV and AIDS, like those quoted above, can be found at http://www.unaids.org/epi/2005/doc/EPIupdate2005_pdf_en/Epi05_02_en.pdf.

Crusaid

Crusaid is a leading UK charity dedicated to helping poor and marginalised people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Providing support, awareness, education projects and hardship funds, for the last two decades Crusaid has worked to enable individuals and communities to regain their dignity and improve their quality of life.

 

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