The 14th Harbor to the Bay (H2B) charity bike ride, which supports AIDS Action Committee and other Massachusetts HIV/AIDS organizations, is a little over a month away. Even if you’re not quite ready to ride this year, you can still get involved as a pitstop crew member. Our crew members serve a critical role during H2B – with no training necessary! Andy Huang, one of H2B’s many dedicated crew members, will be on hand September 17 to make sure riders have plenty of snacks, water, and, most importantly, enthusiastic encouragement during their journeys from Boston to Provincetown.
Andy first became interested in supporting the AIDS Action Committee through his employer, Deloitte. The company has been an AAC donor many times over the years, and has also worked with AAC to create joint community events. Andy has taken an active part in company’s relationship with AAC, even putting his sneakers to the pavement for Team Deloitte during the AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run.
“AIDS Action Committee was one of the main organizations that Deloitte decided to focus our charitable actions on,” he explained. “[AAC] is a great organization whose works affects so many in the community, and they do so much for people in Boston, and we wanted to support that.”
This year will be Andy’s second time volunteering as an H2B pitstop crew member, and he’s eager to experience the excitement, joy, and camaraderie that the day is sure to bring. He describes his pitstop, number six, as “the fun one,” where weary riders are greeted by luau-themed decorations and crew members wearing brightly colored leis and grass skirts.
“Last year was my first Harbor to the Bay experience, and it was great cheering the riders on, getting them refreshments, and just checking in on them,” Andy recalled. “I loved how excited and energetic they were, even after already riding half a day at that point! I was so impressed.”
Andy also attended his first H2B closing ceremonies and dinner last year, which he remembers as an inspiring evening.
“It was amazing to see people who have been doing this ride for years, start to finish, and to learn how much money they’ve raised and how many people that money will help,” he said.
Andy encourages everyone to get involved in this year’s H2B to the best of their ability – it’s isn’t just about being a rider! “Every small action helps, whether that means donating, riding, or showing up to crew a pitstop,” he said. “Anything you to do to support Harbor to the Bay will have a great and lasting impact.”
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