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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler proved he doesn’t just walk this way but also rides this way when he took part in last weekend’s first Boston Rock Ride For Africa.

The 60-year-old rocker straddled one of his custom-made Red Wing motorcycles for the 15-mile charity ride from Waltham to the Bank of America Pavilion on Boston’s waterfront to raise money for FORGE and Opportunity International, two charities dedicated to stamping out poverty in Africa.

The two-day event – which also included a gala at the Hard Rock Café – aimed to bring attention to a global challenge that affects the entire world: "While the United States has seen relative peace and prosperity on our soil for over 100 years, many African people have been born into a cycle of war and poverty that the rest of the world has an opportunity to end. Years of effort and millions of dollars have been poured into pure humanitarian aid, but a lack of results has seen the perpetuation of violence.

From bostonforafrica.org: “Now, as a part of a progressive breed of results-driven and business-minded NGOs, Foundation Rwanda, FORGE & Opportunity International strategically leverage the capacities of impoverished communities to lead themselves into prosperity. With the simplest of opportunities, small-scale change is growing from the bottom up and the African continent is realizing positive change.”

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