The Act 5 Wisconsin AIDS Ride begins in less than three weeks, with Thursday, August 2 marking the start of the four-day bike tour around south-central Wisconsin. Conducted since 2002 in support of the AIDS Network, the region's provider of education and support for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, this growing late summer tradition has featured nearly a thousand riders and crew and has raised more than $1,000,000 over its first four years.
The fundraising is conducted by the riders and other participants themselves, with the former required to raise a minimum of $1,100 in this fifth edition of the event. This means that they have been busy over the summer looking for support from family, friends, co-workers, and other, while more than a few have also hosted public fundraising events in order to reach their goal.
One of these riders is Steve Ringwood, a peace activist and WORT volunteer who is participating in the Wisconsin AIDS Ride for the first time. On Saturday, June 2, he held a fundraiser at Revolution Cycles that featured a performance by The Sigourney Weavers, a relatively new quartet whose members are or have been in The Motor Primitives, The Apologists, Tin Ceiling and Dirt Floor and KaBoom!Box. A portion of this show was captured on video by bicycling enthusiast Mike Barrett and shared by Ringwood.
This live concert clip of The Sigourney Weavers playing at the fundraiser follows below.