AIDS Walk Oct 22 Downtown Phoenix

posted by Marty Manning - 

AIDS Walk Arizona, an Aunt Rita’s Foundation signature event presented
by Walgreens, takes place on the morning of Oct. 22 at 3rd Ave &
Washington Street, Phoenix.“When you take part in AIDS WALK you are
supporting more than a dozen agencies working together to prevent HIV
and care for those impacted,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “This event is a
critical part of our efforts to eradicate AIDS by 2030.” Stanton, who earlier
this year formed a special committee to the City Council with the objective
of reaching that goal as part of the global UNAIDS Fast Track Cities Initiative
to wipe out the disease on a fast track momentum. Not since global polio
eradication efforts of the 1960s have cities across the world joined forces to
eliminate a global health threat.This year’s AIDS Walk marks the tenth
anniversary of the Aunt Rita’s Foundation event, that has raised more than
2.5 million dollars since its return in 2008. The theme this year is
#stepupandbecounted signifying that the public should no longer be silent
about HIV and resist its stigma or efforts to reduce funding or marginalize
communities already at greater risk of infection.
All money raised is distributed equally to 16 valley-wide HIV service agencies
that provide critical HIV programs to prevent HIV or assist those living with
the disease. Many of those programs would not exist today were it not for
funding from Aunt Rita’s Foundation. Programs include education, safe-sex
practices, testing, medical, housing, food, legal, and youth empowerment.
The event is open to all ages and even dogs. Event co-chairs are Kim Covington
and J.R. Cardenas. Individuals and companies can form teams or the public
can sponsor a walker, runner, team or pet, or donate directly. For times, parking
and light rail information visit www.aidswalkaz.org or call (602) 882-8675.

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