The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is an national awareness and fundraising event that takes place every year in communities all across Canada. Local events are hosted by AIDS Service Organizations in your community. And, all Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life proceeds remain in the community and provide necessary funds for support services and programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Walk for Life events are hosted in provinces across Canada, annually. This year Toronto will host its walk on Sunday, September 13, 2015.
AIDS Walk for Life Toronto
The AIDS Walk for Life Toronto event will take place on Sunday, September 13th at Yonge-Dundas Square. And, listed below are some of the ways that your donations can make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, in Toronto.
- $15lets a woman living with HIV attend a social support event where HIV-positive women can connect and learn from each other’s experiences
- $30provides food for one support group session where participants give and receive social support
- $40gives one person living with HIV three hours of emotional support through the Buddy Program
- $150allows fifteen people living with HIV to go on a fun group outing that combats isolation and builds a sense of community
- $460pays for a person living with HIV to participate in the Meet and Eat program for one year. Meet and Eat provides weekly, nutritious, hot lunches in a safe space where support is provided by peers.
Quick Facts about HIV/AIDS in Canada/Toronto:
- As many as 71,300 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. Over one quarter of them don’t even know it. There is no cure and no vaccines to prevent new infections. When you have HIV/AIDS, life gets a lot harder.
- In Toronto, more people are living with HIV than ever before, with nearly 2 new infections occurring every day.
- One quarter of people living with HIV in Canada don’t know it.
- An estimated 71,300 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Canada at the end of 2011.
- Almost 25,000 Canadians have died from the epidemic since it began.