Every year about 40,000 people
in the United States, more than 3,000 of them in Hawai‘i,
are infected with HIV. More than half of those newly infected
are under the age of 25. The Walk for Life hopes to build public
awareness about the epidemic, educate people on ways to prevent
spreading the virus, and raise $125,000 to assist the Life
Foundation in its client and prevention services.
With medical advancements people are able to live much longer
with AIDS, but there is still no cure,” said Catherina
Pudwill of the Life Foundation. “It is important for
everyone to know that the disease is preventable.”
The funds raised by the event will help the Life Foundation
continue to care for more than 600 clients and 60 percent
men, women, and children who are living with HIV. Those funds
will also support the organization’s comprehensive prevention
programs, including community outreach, counseling, education,
and free anonymous HIV testing.
Donations made will help us continue our services to the Hawai‘i
community. In the absence of an HIV vaccine or a cure, prevention
remains the most effective method to contain the epidemic,” Pudwill
The 5K walk around Kapiolani Park provides the opportunity
to raise the funding, awareness, and support that will be
to rid our islands of this disease. Anyone can join in the
fight against AIDS and HIV by starting a team, registering
as an individual
walker, or by visiting aidswalkhawaii.kintera.org to make
The Life Foundation’s Web site, with the online support
of Kinetra, uses technology to make fundraising secure and easy.
It provides registered walkers with multiple ways to search out
donations; with options to “spread the word” using
e-mail templates to solicit their friends and families both
locally and internationally; with personal Web sites, where
can be accepted via the Web; and with a list of 15 fundraising
To motivate the fundraisers, the Life Foundation is offering
awards to individuals and to teams who raise the most money.
The top-three individual winners will be awarded vacation
packages to Las Vegas for first place, Maxatlan, Mexico for
and Palm Springs, Calif. for third place. Both the top team
and top high school team will be awarded free admission to
Waters Adventure Park.
Last year, the Starbucks’ AIDS Walk for Life raised more
than $100,000 to support those in our community who are living
with HIV and to help prevent new HIV cases in our islands.
Will you help the Life Foundation reach its goal of $125,000