KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2012) - Every year, across Canada, thousands of men, women, children, along with some of our four-legged friends, join together to raise money for programs supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. On Saturday, September 22nd, approximately 200 people will assemble at City Park in Kingston to show their solidarity for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS by participating in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life 2012. The Walk will be followed at the park by the Lantern Festival at 8 pm, a memorial to those who have lost their battle with HIV/AIDS, and a celebration of resilience in the face of the pandemic.
The Kingston Walk is being held in conjunction with Walks in 56 other communities in Canada during the 3rd week of September. Deb Kinder, Walk Organizer stresses that, "the Kingston Walk is part of the bigger national picture, but the money we raise in Kingston will stay in Kingston and go towards programs for our service users, most of whom live under the poverty line and scramble each month to meet their most basic needs." These basic needs include food, vitamins, dental work, medications, transportation to appointments and other essentials.
The goal of the Kingston Walk is to raise $10,000 which will go directly into client services and programs in Kingston. Thanks to the Scotiabank we will be able to provide registered Walkers who raise at least $25 in pledges with a free Walk tee-shirt as a thank-you for their participation.
HIV/AIDS Regional Services is a voluntary not-for-profit agency addressing issues related to HIV/AIDS. The aims of the organization are to educate the public on how to prevent HIV transmission, and to support those infected/affected by the virus. We have been providing services to Kingston and the surrounding region since 1988.