Calling All Walkers

  • March 16, 2011
  • News

New York’s long, snowy winter of discontent is finally starting to fade into spring, meaning that it’s time to begin limbering up for the annual AIDS Walk New York 2011.

This year’s 6.2 mile walk is scheduled for May 15, beginning and ending in Central Park.
Sign-up begins at 8:30 am and the AIDS Walk commences at 10. Participants should enter the park at 59th Street and 5th Ave.

AIDS Walk New York, now in its 26th year, is the world’s single largest AIDS fundraising event. Last year, 45,000 walkers and 2,500 volunteers raised $5.7 million to combat AIDS, bringing the total amount raised in New York over the years to $116 million. The nationwide AIDS Walk movement to date has generated more than $500 million in donations. Proceeds from the New York event support the services provided by GHMC and dozens of other AIDS services organizations in the tri-state area.

AID FOR AIDS International, for its part, will once again be fielding a team at this year’s walk and we strongly invite you to join us. Last year, our AIDS Walk team raised more than $20,000, and we hope to far exceed that amount this year. AFAI uses much of the proceeds from AIDS Walk to support our New York Immigrant’s AIDS Link (NYIAL) program, which offers case management services to hundreds of immigrants in the New York metropolitan area who are living with HIV or AIDS. These services include assistance in obtaining entitlement benefits (rental assistance, health insurance), primary education, HIV testing and medicine monitoring. AIDS Walk donations are also used to support our efforts to collect and redistribute unused HIV/AIDS medications throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Anyone interested in registering for AIDS Walk New York 2011 can do so at   AID FOR AIDS TEAM. Simply click on “Register To Walk,” and you will be guided through the registration process.

Donation checks should be made payable to “AIDS Walk New York” or “AWNY” and should clearly indicate the name of the individual or organization you are sponsoring, either on the check or on a separate piece of paper; otherwise, your donation could be credited as a general donation. Checks can be mailed to AIDS Walk New York, Old Chelsea Station, P.O. Box 10, N.Y., N.Y. 10113-0010.

If you are interested in raising funds for AIDS Walk, there are multiple ways to go about it, including setting up your own fundraising Web page, hosting a fundraising party, using an employer’s matching gift program or asking a local merchant to contribute to your team by providing an incentive prize to motivate team members to increase their own fundraising efforts. For suggestions on these and other fundraising techniques, go to the “Fundraising Tips & Tools” page on the AIDS Walk New York website or call the AIDS Walk New York office at 212 807-WALK.

However you choose to participate in this most important and inspiring event, we look forward to seeing you on May 15th and welcoming you as part of the AFAI family.