Walking to make a difference

What difference can 20 minutes make?

Patricia Bacon, executive director of Blood Ties Four Directions (which hosts the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life) says, “It’s our single biggest fundraiser that we have each year.” Her tone is relaxed but serious.

“Money raised at this event stays in the Yukon. This year we have set an a

mbitious fundraising goal of $10,000.”

Last year’s walkers, 100 of them, raised $4,800 for direct-support programs. Bacon says this year will fund housing programs “for people with HIV as well as people who are highly at risk of HIV … people who are homeless, people who use injection drugs, people who are unstably housed.”

This year, Bacon says they’ve “developed some really great partnerships with the business community to be able to offer some really great prizes for top walkers.

“We have lots of incentive prizes.”

Why walk?

“Because HIV and AIDS is an issue in the Yukon,” Bacon says, and “homelessness is definitely an issue for people who have HIV.

“Participating in the walk and raising funds is going to help with needs.”

You can register for the walk and/or fundraise online by setting up a profile at www.aidswalkforlife.ca to share with family and friends.

And you can show up and show your support on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Elijah Smith Building. Registration is at 11 a.m. followed by a kickoff speech by Audrey McLaughlin and the 20-minute walk at noon.

For a minimum donation, $20, you can get a T-shirt, enjoy a lunch and be eligible for “many, many door prizes”. Pledge forms are available at Blood Ties Four Directions and for more information, you can contact Linnea Rudachyk at 633-2437.

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