Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sisters Across the Border

Sister Fancy with the LA Sisters 
(Sisters Barbie Q, Kumonaiwanalaia, Poppy, Dawn, Fancy, Gaia Love, Postulant Fefe, Sister Tootie and Postulant Harlotte)

Sister Fancy Pants went on a trip of a lifetime to California this June 2017.  She joined other Sisters across the Border in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545 mile (877 km) cycle fundraiser from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  AIDS/LifeCycle raises funds for the Los Angeles LGBT Centre and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

This year, 2200 cyclist and Roadies gathered in a Love Bubble that raised over $15 million ($15,166,171 to be exact, of which $3400 was raised by Sister Fancy).  Roadies are volunteers who chose to use their vacation time to help cyclist complete the long trek from SF to LA.

There were many Sisters from SF, LA, TX, OR and YVR.  Sister Fancy joined Sister Gaia from the SF Abbey in manifesting every day of the 7-day ride.  Our manifested faces drew smiles from every cyclist and helped inspired them on their journey.  We were doing "Cycling Ministry".  This reaffirmed that JOY is needed everywhere!!!

Everyone loved our manifestations but little did they know that the magic was in putting our make-up on, in our tents, with compact mirrors, in under 45 minutes.

Day 1 was a great day as the SF Sisters participated at the bottom of a hill called Devil's Slide.  As cyclists headed downhill after a long uphill climb, they were greeted by smiling Sisters feeding them the most delicious strawberries.

One amazing highlight is Day 5, Red Dress Day.  Everyone was encouraged to wear red because part of the route, from a bird's-eye-view, looks like a ribbon.  When all cyclists are on the route, looking from above, it looks like a living red ribbon!  AMAZING!

Especially touching is the Day 6 AIDS Vigil when the LA Sisters joined the Love Bubble and led everyone to the beach.  On this evening, after cycling 80 miles, everyone followed the Sisters to the beach.  Before entering the beach, the Sisters lit everyone's candle as they made their way to the beach to spend as much time as needed to honour those who they've lost.

Finishing the ride was wonderful for Sister Fancy.  She felt the love from newly-friended Sisters as they showed up at the finish line and surprised her with a rainbow Canadian flag.

The following day was LA's Resist March.  After cycling for 7 days, Sister Fancy still put on her 6" stiletto's and marched the 3-mile March with the LA Sisters.  It was a peaceful march full of strength and Sisterhood that sent a message love and determination to be heard!

Everyday was a cry day.  From Orientation day to the last day, tears . . . everyday.  There were so many moving stories of loss and love and survival that it became a natural part of the day to cry.  Which drew even more awe from cyclists because the make-up did not smudge from sweat or tears.

This trip of a lifetime is actually going to be repeated as Sister Fancy is going back next year . . . as a Roadie!  Maybe another YVR Sister will come along?


Postulant Harlotte, Sisters Gaia Love, Leigh Viticus, Dulce De Leche, Kumonaiwanalaia, Dominion and Fancy

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