Scotiabank AIDS WALK For LIFE

Health - Physical
1107 Seymour St, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, BC
Engages 200 volunteers and counting

Mission Statement

A life with HIV/AIDS is just that—a LIFE, which with a little bit of support, can be lived, to the fullest. Over the 28 years we’ve been WALKing, things have changed for people living with HIV—and mostly for the better. But that doesn’t mean life with HIV is always easy. The challenges are real: stigma, isolation, limited income, and the side effects of powerful medications depended on to stay alive. Imagine though, that thousands of people were WALKing beside you along the way. This might make things a whole lot easier, and this is why we come together every year to WALK. By 2012, the rate of new HIV diagnoses in BC decreased to its lowest point since the start of the epidemic. In 2011, however, there were still around 11,700 people living with HIV in BC and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada has continued to rise, from an estimated 64,000 in 2008 to 71,300 in 2011. We still have a long way to go… and we are not stopping. WALK with us on September 21st, for strength, for health, and for LIFE. Where The Funds Go? All proceeds raised by the Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE in Greater Vancouver become part of Positive Living BC’s Community Health Fund (CHF). CHF? What’s that? The CHF reimburses low-income HIV-positive members with up to $35 a month for health expenses not covered by other plans. Even little things such as drinking filtered water and getting the right vitamins can determine the fate of someone with a compromised immune system. Positive Living BC has over 5,500 members, many of whom simply cannot afford the high costs of staying healthy on their own. For each sponsor that donates $105—the cost of about a month of coffees—we can provide support to 3 HIV positive people in BC. You may think “it’s just a donation…” and that your involvement does not make a difference but in reality, it’s a lifeline. WALK! o To make a difference in the lives of those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. o To support and raise awareness. o To celebrate life and remember our losses

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