[Original press release on MarketWired]
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Dec. 1, 2015) – Nearly 5,000 registered walkers and volunteers participated in 31 separate walks across the country from September 12 to September 20 to show support for the estimated 74,000 Canadians living with HIV/AIDS.
This year, total pledges from sponsors and donors raised over $700,000 that will be used to provide enhanced services, education and resources to prevent new HIV infections.
To date, more than half a million Canadians have participated in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life from coast to coast. Together, these Canadians have raised over $42 million to support programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in their communities.
“It’s very encouraging for us to see so many dedicated Canadians come out for the Walk to show their support for People Living with HIV/AIDS,” said Gary Lacasse, Executive Director of the Canadian AIDS Society. “Their efforts help increase awareness about HIV/AIDS, reduce the stigma and discrimination that is still widespread, and provide funds for essential services in each of their local communities for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.”
Each year, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is made possible with the support of its committed volunteers, countless donors and national corporate sponsors.
“We are so proud of the fundraising efforts that went into this year’s Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life,” said Marianne Hasold-Schilter, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, International Banking at Scotiabank. “Supporting HIV/AIDS research, awareness and prevention is part of our commitment to building healthier and stronger communities where we live and work.”
To learn more about the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, visit: www.aidswalkforlife.ca
National Corporate Sponsors
Each year, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life National Corporate Sponsors play a vital role in ensuring the event’s continued success. This year, the Canadian AIDS Society thanks the following National Corporate Sponsors, Creative and Promotional Sponsors:
|Title Sponsor: Scotiabank
|Silver Sponsor: Gilead
|Bronze Sponsor: Lifford
|Bronze Sponsor: Luxardo
|Creative Partner: TBWA\TORONTO
|Promotional Partners: Cineplex Media, Maclean’s Magazine, Marketwired, Pennant Media Group, Rainbow Cinemas/Magic Lantern Theatres, The Walrus Magazine
Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is a project of the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) in partnership with the Positive Living Society of British Columbia, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, and CAS-member, community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. During the national week-long event, cities and communities from across the country host Walks to raise funds for local services and programming and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. As Canada’s most important HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life has now raised over $40 million for community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations since 1996 and has attracted well over half a million participants. Scotiabank continues its multi-year commitment as title sponsor for the AIDS Walk, playing a key role in expanding the Walk’s promotional and fundraising capacity.
About the Canadian AIDS Society
The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is a national coalition of community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. CAS is dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, and to enriching the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit www.cdnaids.ca.
About Positive Living Society of BC
Positive Living BC is a member-based organization which empowers people living with HIV/AIDS through its social, legal, health and other support programs and services. Nearly 5,700 members strong, the organization’s members started Canada’s first AIDS WALK in 1986. For more information visit www.positivelivingbc.org