In the aftermath of gigantic Pride celebrations locally and around the world we can forget how much our community still battles. One of those battles is with a virus that has been the bane of our community for 30 years now, HIV. And while AIDS and HIV are not the death sentence they once were it is still a serious disease that we cannot afford to forget.
One of the projects that many cities have adopted to make sure we remember this cause is AIDS Walk. AIDSWalk Portland takes place September 23rd this year and Just Out is proud to be a sponsor of this event. In this important fundraiser participants gather donations to sponsor them in a 2.5 mile (almost 5k) walk to fund much need HIV/AIDS related services, public education and outreach to youth and adults most at risk for contracting HIV. Presented by Cascade AIDS Project and OHSU this walk, attended by more than 10,000, raised over $460,000 last year and expects 2012 to be just as or more successful. You can watch out the Portland AIDSWalk website as the donations approach the monetary goal.
Participants enjoy breakfast, music, entertainment, the Kids’ Corner (arts and crafts, face painting, prizes and balloons), and inspirational presentations from community leaders. The focus of AIDS Walk is to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education in order to remind the community that HIV has not gone away, infection rates in Oregon and SW Washington continue to rise and there are many things you can do.
About Alley Hector
Alley Hector is proud to be a Q, a PDXer and Just Out's Editor-in-Chief.