Join the Rincon Hill Neighbors AIDS Walk Team
|May 9, 2008||Posted by jamie under Non-Profits||
From the STOP AIDS Project web site:
In San Francisco, there are approximately 15,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, the majority of them being gay men. This represents approximately 33% of all gay men in San Francisco who are already infected with HIV, with an estimated 1 in 3 of these men are unaware of their HIV-positive status. Because of this high prevalence, with every unsafe sexual encounter for MSM in San Francisco there is a greater risk for HIV transmission as compared to other US cities.
AIDS may not be as visibly present in San Francisco as it once was, but it is still certainly here and impacting our City’s vibrancy with each community member we lose to the disease. I try to do my part to help people directly affected by AIDS by participating in and raising funds for AIDS Walk San Francisco every year.
This year, I have created a Rincon Hill Neighbors AIDS Walk team with the hope that some of you (I’m hoping at least 9 neighbors) may join the team and help me to raise funds for AIDS Walk and, at the same time, build community goodwill for our neighborhood. You can join the team by visiting this web page and clicking “Join Our Team” at the top.
If you do not want to join our Rincon Hill Neighbors AIDS Walk team for the actual walk or to raise funds but you would still like to help our team, please visit the Team donation page and make a $25 or higher donation (it is a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to AIDS Walk San Francisco are tax deductible).
My goal is to raise $1,000 as the Rincon Hill Neighbors team, and I’ve already got us past the halfway mark by raising $525 (so far) in offline pledges from my fabulous, generous co-workers. Please take a moment to donate $25 or more by credit card right now before it slips your mind.
AIDS Walk San Francisco benefits the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and other HIV/AIDS organizations serving the six Bay Area counties. Established in 1982, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation develops innovative solutions, combining evidence-based strategies with community experience to fight HIV/AIDS and promote holistic good health. With the unrestricted funds raised by AIDS Walk San Francisco, the Foundation is able to provide direct services to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS and focus intensive prevention programs to those most at risk of contracting the disease.
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation continues to lead the way in HIV/AIDS advocacy, lobbying for critical policy change in Sacramento and Washington, and working to ensure unfettered access to life-saving HIV treatment and care.
Thank you for reading this entry and thank you even more if you have decided to join the Rincon Hill Neighbors AIDS Walk team and/or donate. I look forward to taking a walk in the park with some of you on July 20th!