The 2012 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago isnt just about raising money.
Its also about raising awareness.
To that end, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will provide HIV testing, education and safer sex kits at the annual event at Soldier Field on Sunday, Sept. 30. It wouldnt be possible without funding from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), said Joe Hollendoner, AFCs senior vice president of programs. CDPH awarded AFC a grant of $3,550 for testing and education at the AIDS Run & Walk.
Raising HIV awareness begins with knowing your own status, Hollendoner said. Were extremely grateful to the city for helping us educate thousands of people on Sunday.
Free rapid testing will be available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
AFCs advocacy team will also have a strong presence at the AIDS Run & Walk. Walkers and runners will be encouraged to participate in an online photo campaign for health care reform and provided with information on how they can make a difference. AFC is a nonpartisan organization but is committed to health care reform as one of the necessary measures in ending the AIDS epidemic.
To follow the online conversation on the day of the event or to post your own AIDS Run & Walk photos and thoughts follow @AIDSChicago on Twitter and join us at the hashtag #AIDSRunWalk .
See you there!
Media contact: Greg Trotter, 312-334-0913 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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