Walk helps boost funding for HIV, AIDS programs

The Harbour City will be one of 40 communities across the country participating in this year’s AIDS Walk for Life event, Sept. 21.

Residents can help boost funds for Nanaimo’s HIV and Hep C programs, during the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.

The Harbour City will be one of 40 communities across the country participating in this year’s AIDS Walk for Life event, Sept. 21.

According to a press release, the annual walk helps participants show solidarity for Canadians affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as raise awareness and funds for local efforts to reduce harm associated with the disease.

“The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life reminds us all that HIV still poses major obstacles to people living with the virus and to our communities and that the need to respond by providing support and creating awareness is as urgent as ever,” said Anita Rosewall Peters, a counsellor and advocate for AIDS Vancouver Island’s Nanaimo offices.

Proceeds from the Nanaimo event will go to the local office of AIDS Vancouver Island, which educates over 4,000 people annually on how to avoid HIV/AIDS and reduce stigma.

Across the country there’s an estimated 71,300 people living with HIV/AIDS and 242,500 with hepatitis C.

Registration for AIDS Walk for Life Nanaimo begins at 11 a.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park. The walk begins at noon with a marching band. There will be music, prizes games and food in the park.

To sign up, please visit www.aidswalkforlife.ca/Nanaimo.htm.