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Don’t just stand there, walk for life

From September 17 to September 24, a nation will walk together against AIDS.

The Scotiabank Walk For Life is an event communities are embracing across Canada. Downtown Oshawa’s event will take part September 24. In groups or alone, participants will gather at Oshawa city hall, located at 50 Centre St. S., at 9 a.m. to register. An hour later the opening ceremonies will begin, followed by a walk to raise funds and awareness for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Durham College’s Pride Committee, Women’s Centre and Lesbain Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Centre (LGBTQ) will be among participants.

According to the Scotiabank Aids Walk For Life website, 68,000 Canadians have HIV/AIDS. A third of those people are unaware they are living with the disease. There is not yet a cure or vaccine.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is the virus that causes AIDS. With a fragile immune system, people are susceptible to infections.

The AIDS Committee of Durham Region is a non-profit organization that raises funds to fight AIDS as well as offering support services and prevention education. Slap on supportive button and participate in the walk downtown Oshawa on September 24.

For more information, visit the committee’s website or join their Facebook group.

Story by Hillary Di Menna

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