Although the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life didn't quite reach their fundraising goal of matching the amount raised in the previous year, they still collected an impressive amount.
The 30th annual walk, which took place on the morning of September 20, raised $170,210 with almost 1,000 people participating and 200 volunteers helping out in spite of the wet weather conditions. (Positive Living Society of BC's Wayne Campbell had told the Straight they were hoping to raise $200,000.) The walk started at Sunset Beach, and circled around Stanley Park on the Seawall.
The walk raises money for Positive Living BC's Community Health Fund which provides access to health-care services and products not covered by other plans, such as vitamins, supplements, bottled water, and over-the-counter medication.
Along with the campaign HIV Anonymous, which is designed to give a voice to people living with HIV, the walk also helps to raise awareness of and counter discrimination against people with HIV.
Of course, even though the walk is over, you can still donate to Positive Living BC or help out in numerous other ways, including volunteering or becoming a sponsor.