Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life

Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life

September 11, 2009 12:21 ET

Toronto Kicks Off Canada's Largest AIDS Walk

Thousands of Participants Lace Up For the 21st Annual Scotiabank AIDS WALK for Life Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) -

Sunday, September 13, 2009, Corner of Church and Carlton Streets

WHAT: 21st Annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto

WHEN: Sunday, September 13, 2009
11:00am Registration, Community Fair, Marketplace & Kids' Zone Open
11:00am Beer Garden Opens
1:20pm Opening Ceremony Welcome & Warm up
2:00pm AIDS Walk for Life starts
3:00pm Post Walk Party rocks Church Street
4:00pm Marketplace and Kids' Zone close
6:00pm Event Ends

WHERE: Church Street between Carlton & Alexander Streets, Toronto

WHY: For over 25 years, The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has been a respected leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Today, more people than ever are living with HIV/AIDS and every day two more people are infected with HIV in Toronto. ACT helps prevent HIV infections through education, outreach and community action. And we provide free, confidential help to men, women and youth living with HIV/AIDS. In this challenging economy, fundraising events such as the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto ensure that ACT can continue to take action against HIV/AIDS.

WHO: Proceeds from this years walk will go towards funding the practical and social support programs ACT provides to people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto, including:

- Buddy program

- Retreat weekends

- Drives and Moves program

- Food programs

Special guests who will speak at the opening ceremony include: MP for Toronto Centre Bob Rae, George Smitherman, MPP and Councillor Kyle Rae.

Special musical performances by: Divine Brown, Soular and Roger Mooking. Pre-ceremony entertainment provided by DJ Sumation. Hosted by Gavin Crawford from This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

(For best availability for photos and interviews, come to the Media Tent prior to the opening ceremony located on Church Street south of Wood Street)

"Our goal is to support people who are living with HIV/AIDS and create awareness in order to bring an end to this terrible disease. Only then will we be able to truly celebrate," says Michael Mitchell, Chair of the 2009 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto. "From 1985 to 2005, Toronto accounted for 30% of all positive HIV test reports in Canada; we have an important job in front of us!"

About ACT:

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has been providing a wide range of programs and services to people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS since 1983. We work in specific communities that have been hard-hit by HIV/AIDS to stop the spread of HIV through education, outreach and community action. We help HIV-positive people in many different ways - everything from food programs and access to furniture, to counselling, support groups and help returning to the workforce. We also offer information, advice and support to the friends and family of those living with HIV/AIDS. As a leader in HIV/AIDS programs and services, we take part in research that helps us to better understand and respond to the needs of those we serve.

To learn more about the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in Toronto, please visit our website at

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