Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life Toronto

Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life Toronto
AIDS Committee of Toronto

AIDS Committee of Toronto

August 25, 2011 10:30 ET

Juno Award-Winner Jully Black Headlines 2011 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) - The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto, a benefit for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), announced today that Jully Black will headline its post-Walk show on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Church and Carlton streets. This year's line-up also includes Diggy from Down With Webster on the turn tables, as well as DJ Sumation and drag persona Sofonda Cox.

Entertainment starts at 12:30 pm and the Walk takes place from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Toronto native and Juno award-winner Jully Black will be on stage for two sets starting at 3:30 pm. Entertainment continues until 6:00 pm.

"For more than 23 years, the Walk has helped raise awareness and support for people with HIV and AIDS in communities across Canada, and for the third year, Scotiabank is pleased to be title sponsor of the event," said Rob Mattacott, Scotiabank District Vice-President, Toronto Region. "The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is an important event for all Canadians. As long as there is no cure for HIV and AIDS -- women, youth, children and men, and their families -- face the challenges of this unforgiving disease every day. By coming together to raise awareness and funds, we can shape a better future."

This year, the new Walk Hero program was announced. Outstanding citizens, artists and celebrities are coming together for this great cause. 2011 Walk Heroes include: R & B singer Divine Brown; opera singer Measha Brueggergosman; the cast of MTV's 1 Girl 5 Gays; Alex Canning, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2012; Randy Filby, 2011 Walker who took his participation to new heights at EdgeWalk™; community leader Todd Klinck; Mandy Goodhandy, performer/community leader; Diggy the DJ from Down With Webster; actress Bree Williamson of One Life to Live; actor and performer Eric Balfour of Six Feet Under and 24; rock band Hunter Valentine; Drag Queen Sofonda; community leaders Mojo Toronto; and DJ Sumation.

"We are delighted to welcome Jully Black as well as so many other celebrities, artists and community leaders to this year's event," said Jim Stone, Event Chair of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto. "The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Toronto is higher than the average person realizes. Through events like the Walk, we raise not only awareness, but funds for ACT so it may deliver prevention and health promotion programs as well as services for people living with HIV/AIDS."

Last year, participants raised over $420,000 to support ACT's vital programs and services. This year our goal of $500,000 will help ACT continue to deliver its current programs and develop new ways to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

"Through the 2011 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto marketing campaign, we're inviting all Torontonians, to join the fight against HIV/AIDS," said Jim Stone. "It also informs the Toronto public about HIV prevalence rates. The design is bold and arresting. People need to know HIV is a reality here in Toronto."

  • 1 in 3 new HIV diagnoses are among youth under 30.
  • 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses are among women.
  • 1 in 5 gay men live with HIV.

"ACT does vital work in prevention, health promotion and provides important services for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS," said Richard Willett, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of ACT. "We're grateful for the many people who walk and raise funds. We're pleased this year's campaign reinforces a long standing role of the Walk -- it raises awareness about HIV/AIDS as well."

DON'T JUST STAND THERE TORONTO – make a difference in your community!

Visit aidswalktoronto.ca to register now and support a walker. Remember to join us on Sunday, September 25!

LEARN MORE

- Visit the AIDS Walk Toronto and AIDS Committee of Toronto websites.

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Contact Information

  • For the AIDS Committee of Toronto:
    Andrew Brett
    Communications Coordinator
    416-340-8484 ext. 225
    abrett@actoronto.org

    For the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto:
    Jennifer Ouellette
    Communications Co-Chair
    Mobile: 647-520-8593
    jouellette@actoronto.org