When: Saturday September 16, 2017. 11:00am – 4:30pm
Where: Registration and opening ceremony will kick-off at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, at 11:00am. The Walk will begin at 12pm (noon), and will end back at the Malkin Bowl for the THRIVE Music and Wellness Festival
What: A 2 km WALK around the Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, starting and ending at Malkin Bowl
11am: Registration opens
12pm: Walk Begins
1pm – 4:30pm: THRIVE Music Festival
No. While we would love for you to raise funds by WALKing, attendance to the Music Festival at Malkin Bowl is FREE FOR ALL.
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All net proceeds raised by the Scotiabank AIDS WALK to THRIVE in Greater Vancouver become part of Positive Living BC’s Community Health Fund. The CHF reimburses low-income HIV-positive members with up to $25 a month for health expenses not covered by other plans. Even little things such as drinking filtered water and getting the right vitamins can determine the fate of someone with a compromised immune system.
Positive Living BC is dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action. We are a registered non-profit Society (#11928-2085) and an established leader in the HIV/AIDS movement. Uniquely among major agencies in Canada, the Positive Living BC Board of Directors is composed entirely of HIV-positive members.
With a membership of more than 5,700 HIV-positive members and a proud history spanning three decades, we are Western Canada’s largest AIDS service organization and an established leader in the HIV/AIDS movement.
The rate of new HIV diagnoses in BC in 2014 was 5.6 (261 cases) per 100,000 population, a slight decrease from 5.8 (267 cases) in 2013. (BC Center for Disease Control, 2014).
In 2014, there were 261 new cases of HIV reported in BC. It is estimated that as of 2014, 1 in every 400 people in BC is living with HIV (approximately 12,100 people). (Smart Sex Resource 2012).
Current treatment is available to help with all stages of the disease but there is no cure for HIV infection. This is why the battle against HIV/AIDS is a lifelong one.
There were 36.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2014, 1.2 million people died of AIDS related illnesses worldwide in 2014, and a 129 low- and middle- income countries reported a total of 150 million people tested in 2014. (WHO, 2016).
ABOUT THE EVENT
BC’s first AIDS WALK was held in Vancouver in 1986 at a time when people were dying from the disease. Thirty-one years later, deaths from AIDS in BC have nearly been eradicated thanks to advances in pharmaceutical treatments and ongoing community support.
But that doesn’t mean life with HIV is always easy. The challenges are real: stigma, isolation, limited income, and the side effects of powerful medications depended on to stay alive. For too many PLHIV, living with HIV means hiding from discrimination.
The Scotiabank AIDS WALK to tHrIVe and Music Fest, shows PLHIV that they are not alone in their struggle.
WALK with us on September 16th, for strength, for health, and to THRIVE.