Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life

Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life

October 08, 2009 11:00 ET

AIDS Committee of Toronto Thanks Community for Successful Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

2009 AIDS Walk attracts over a thousand participants

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - The 21st annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto defied fundraising expectations in the midst of a troubled economy.

"More than a thousand walkers and volunteers helped to raise $280,000 for the AIDS Committee of Toronto," says Michael Mitchell, chair of this year's Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto. "With outstanding pledges and corporate matching contributions still to be counted, we anticipate this total will rise to $455,000 by the end of the year."

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto was held on Sunday, September 13, 2009, in conjunction with over 50 Walks in communities across Canada.

"We are thrilled at the support of everyone who walked and contributed pledges at this year's Walk," says Hazelle Palmer, Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). "With two new HIV infections every day in this city, the number of people who depend on our services is always growing. The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life ensures that we can keep supporting the thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto."

Proceeds from this year's Walk will go towards the practical and social support programs ACT provides to people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto, including:

  • Buddy program
  • Retreat weekends
  • Drives and Moves programs
  • Food programs

The success of the Walk would not have been possible without the hundreds of participants, volunteers and people who contributed donations, as well as local and national corporate sponsors.

Donations to the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto can still be made online at www.aidswalkforlifetoronto.ca, or in person at the ACT offices at 399 Church Street, 4th floor in Toronto.

About ACT:
Founded in 1983, the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) provides programs and services to people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Twenty-five years into the pandemic, there is still a need for action. Every day, two people are newly infected with HIV in Toronto. ACT provides support services to meet the needs of the growing number of people in our community living with HIV/AIDS. We also do community outreach and education to stop the spread of the virus.

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