Media Advisory-Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life 2009: The Walk Will Do Us Good
OTTAWA, ONTARIO Sept. 17, 2009 –
What: Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life – Ottawa
When: Saturday, September 19, 2009
5:00PM Registration; 6:00PM Opening Ceremonies;
7:00PM Walk Starts
Where: Festival Plaza – Ottawa City Hall
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is Canada’s most important national fundraising and awareness event for the community-based AIDS movement. In Canada, approximately 58,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS and as many as 4,500 people are newly infected each year. One person every two hours is being infected with HIV every single day. Approximately 3,000 people in Ottawa are living with HIV/AIDS and infection rates continue to rise. With no cure or vaccine currently available, prevention remains our only hope.This year, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life – Ottawa will host the nineteenth annual Walk. The Walk will help to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS nationally and raise much-needed funds to support seven local organizations that provide HIV/AIDS related services in the community.
2009 Honorary Walk Chair: Alex Munter, Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
Each year Ottawa hosts a candlelight walk and a memorial stop at the Human Rights Monument to honour and remember those how have gone before us, stand in support of those living with HIV/AIDS and light the way in hope for an end to the virus.
100% of all fundraising revenues collected will stay in the community to support the partner agencies, including: Bruce House (lead agency) (www.brucehouse.org), AIDS Committee of Ottawa (www.aco-cso.ca), Pink Triangle Services (www.pinktriangle.org), Planned Parenthood of Ottawa (www.ppottawa.ca), Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation (www.snowyowl.org), Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (www.wabano.com) and Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (www.ysb.on.ca).
Proceeds enable them to continue to offer prevention and education programs, as well as treatment, care and support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the Ottawa region. Last year, hundreds of walkers, sponsors and corporate sponsors helped raise over $67,000 for these organizations.
Whether you are walking, volunteering, or making a donation, you can make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS right here in our city.
Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is a project of the Canadian AIDS Society in partnership with the British Columbia Persons with AIDS Society, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, and community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. During the national week-long event, cities and communities from across the country host Walks to raise funds for local services and programming and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. As Canada’s most important HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life has now raised close to $28 million for community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations since 1996 and has attracted over half a million participants.
Platinum: Santa Margherita Vintages
Silver: Bristol Myers-Squibb, Gilead
Official Courier: Canpar
Media Partners: Cineplex Media, Maclean’s Magazine, Marketwire, Outlooks Magazine
Patron: The Ottawa Citizen, Le Droit, Capital Xtra, Xtra.ca, CTV, ClearChannel
Partner: Hot 89.9, Marquardt
Printing Corporate: Party Time Rentals, Storm Internet Services, Jack of All Trades Design
For more information, please contact
For more information, or to arrange for interviews, contact:
Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life – Ottawa
Jennifer McAndrew, Event Manager