An epic star-studded ride from Zürich to Vienna at Europe’s premier HIV/AIDS benefit
amfAR partnered with LIFE+, organizers of the renowned Life Ball, for “amfAR’s Epic Ride to Life Ball,” an HIV/AIDS awareness motorcycle rally to mark the 25th anniversary of Europe’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event. Beginning in Zürich, Switzerland, on May 30, 2018, the four-day ride culminated in Vienna, Austria, on June 2.
amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost led the ride and was joined by longtime supporters of amfAR and the fight against HIV/AIDS: Adrien Brody, Ian Bohen, JR Bourne, Michiel Huisman, Gilles Marini, Katee Sackhoff and Chris Salgardo. The riders traversed 1,131 kilometers (703 miles) of the majestic Alpine terrain of Switzerland and Austria, before rumbling up to the grand Vienna City Hall to participate in the 25th Life Ball opening ceremony.
Thousands of spectators were at the “Sound of Music”-themed Life Ball opening ceremony, which featured performances by Patti LaBelle, inspirational speeches and celebrity appearances by Paris Jackson, Kelly Osbourne and Caitlyn Jenner, among others.
The Life Ball has been a long-time supporter of amfAR’s TREAT Asia pediatric and adolescent HIV program, which focuses on improving the health and lives of children and adolescents living with HIV across the Asia-Pacific region. Over more than a decade, LIFE+ has provided more than $6 million through Life Ball to the Pediatric Initiative.
Follow amfAR’s Epic Ride to Life Ball on social media using #BeEpic and send amfAR and the riders messages of support on their epic journey:
Life Ball has raised more than $22 million during the past 25 years for HIV/AIDS projects worldwide through partnerships with amfAR, the William J. Clinton Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, UNAIDS, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.
Key partners for the amfAR Epic Ride to Life Ball include: