Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life

Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life

September 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Ottawa 2008: Moving From Chaos to Clarity

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2008) - This Saturday, September 20th, we invite all residents of Ottawa to join the movement from chaos to clarity and show their support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in their community by participating in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.

According to the most recent statistics available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately 58,000 Canadians are currently living with HIV/AIDS, with over 3,000 reported cases in Ottawa. Every two hours, one person in Canada is newly infected with HIV.

This year, developing the theme of the Walk's official artwork, The Nest, created by Canadian HIV-positive artist Morgan McConnell, the Walk encourages people to play a role in moving the epidemic from chaos to clarity. "This day is about sharing knowledge and information about HIV to prevent further infections. It is also about standing in solidarity and providing hope to the many Canadians who are currently living with or affected by HIV," says Walk Coordinator Kelly Steele.

All fundraising revenues collected will stay in the community to support eight local organizations: Bruce House (lead agency), AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Hemophilia Ontario, Pink Triangle Services, Planned Parenthood of Ottawa, Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and Youth Services Bureau.

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in Ottawa is being held in conjunction with Walks in over 50 communities across Canada, which will be taking place the week of September 14-21.

About Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Ottawa

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Ottawa is an annual fundraising walk organized by Bruce House. It supports the programs of eight local organizations that respond to HIV/AIDS in our community. Since the first walk in 1989, we have raised over $1 million dollars through the participation of more than 10,000 walkers, hundreds of corporate and community teams and many caring corporate supporters.

Local Sponsors
Ruby Ribbon Patron: The Ottawa Citizen, Clear Channel Outdoor,
TD Financial Group
Ruby Ribbon Partner: Capital Xtra, CTV Ottawa, Le Droit, Hot 89.9,
Storm Internet
Ruby Ribbon Corporate: Party Time Rentals

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.

National Sponsors
Title: Scotiabank
Platinum: Investors Group, Molson, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
Gold: Gilead
Silver: Pfizer
Bronze: Merck Frosst
Official Courier: Canpar
Media Partners: Cineplex Media, Maclean's Magazine, Marketwire,
Outlooks Magazine, Zoom Media

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