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TORONTO, Sept. 11 – The 2009 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is coming to 50 communities across Canada, beginning this weekend. This annual event unites communities to raise awareness, educate, and raise funds to support initiatives combating HIV/AIDS. All proceeds from the Walk go to support community programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The funds stay in the communities in which they were raised.”As the title sponsor of these events, we would like to thank all Canadians who will walk, or sponsor a walker in one of the upcoming Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life events,” said John Doig, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Canadian Marketing. “As long as there is no cure for HIV and AIDS, people in our communities – women, youth, children and men, and their families — face the challenges of this disease every day. By coming together to raise awareness and funds, we can help shape a better future.”
There is an estimated 62,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada, with an 11 new cases of HIV are reported in Canada every day.
The first fundraising and awareness walk for HIV/AIDS in Canada was held in Vancouver in 1986. The Walk became a national event in 1996. At that time, the Canadian AIDS Society agreed to coordinate and manage what was then known as AIDS Walk Canada, at a national level, in cooperation with its community partners. Since 1996, the national Walk has raised over $30 million for community-based AIDS service organizations and has hosted well over half a million participants. Scotiabank has been a sponsor of this event since 2007.
2009 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life events will be held in more than 50 communities across Canada. To find an event, please visit http://www.aidswalkforlife.ca/FindYourWalk.htm
“The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life and its organizers are thrilled to have Scotiabank sign on as the event’s lead sponsor until 2011,” says Monique Doolittle-Romas, Canadian AIDS Society Executive Director. “Their strong commitment and dedication to working within their communities to support the Walk will enable us to significantly increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in Canada, help raise much-needed funds for programs and services for those affected by the disease and prevent new infections.”
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life gratefully acknowledges Scotiabank and all of its sponsors who help increase awareness of the Walk and contribute to its success through their support. 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. For more information and to find the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life nearest you, please visit us at www.aidswalkforlife.ca
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2008 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services, and arts and culture. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com
Tricia Diduch, Canadian AIDS Society, 613-230-3580, extension 130
Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, 416-866-6203
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