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forwarded by Kristina Rozelle, Meader Library assistant

 

Starbucks has returned for its fourth year as the title sponsor for the 2007 AIDS Walk for Life, an easy 5k around Kapi‘olani Park on April 22. Race registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m., followed by entertainment, a health fair, and free coffee. From Starbucks, of course.

In its 16th year, the walk remains the largest AIDS public awareness event in Hawai‘i. Walkers ask friends and family to sponsor their participation by pledging funds for the Life Foundation, Hawai‘i’s oldest and largest AIDS organization.

Approximately 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year in the United States, half among individuals under the age of 25. It is estimated that 3,000 people in Hawai‘i are living with HIV or AIDS. Locally, the Life Foundation provides services to nearly 700 HIV-positive men, women, and children while running the state’s most comprehensive HIV prevention program.

The AIDS Walk for Life is a way for the community to show its support for people living with HIV and AIDS in Hawai‘i, as well as raise valuable public awareness about the importance of HIV testing. Last year, the walk raised more than $125,000 to support Life Foundation’s services, drawing nearly 1,000 walkers and volunteers.

Teams remain an integral part of the walk’s success. Participants can form teams with friends or co-workers, and create a team Web page to promote their fundraising efforts. Past teams have included the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Maryknoll High School, and MAC Cosmetics.

Individual and team walkers can register online at www.aidswalkhawaii.org, or by calling Life Foundation’s Event Coordinator, Cathy Pudwill at 521-2437 ext. 250.

 

 

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