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AIDS Walk Charlotte returns for 18th year
Annual walk will be held May 3
 
Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

One of the largest HIV awareness and fundraising events in the Carolinas returns to Charlotte this weekend as AIDS Walk Charlotte celebrates its 18th anniversary. This year’s theme is “Be Brave, Walk Together.”

The walk will take place May 3 at the Gateway Village Promenade.

“For me, the AIDS Walk is a movement, not a moment,” said Nathan Smith, AIDS Walk co-chair and development director for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. “It’s about bringing the community together, having a discussion and really breaking down the stigma that is attached to HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Walk is the annual signature fundraiser for RAIN, one of the largest HIV nonprofits in the Carolinas, providing direct client services to those living with HIV and AIDS.

There is no registration fee, and those who donate or raise a minimum of $20 will receive a T-shirt. Online registration is open through May 2. Walkers may also register in person on the day of the event. The walk is a family friendly event. Children and pets are welcome.

Festivities kick off at 8 a.m. with the opening of registration and check in followed by a pre-walk program at 9:30 a.m. Queen City DanceOut will lead the crowd in Zumba-inspired warm-ups. The official walk, led by emcees Mr. Incognito of Power 98 and Kiss 95.1’s Jay Sparxx, will begin at 10 a.m.

The two-mile walk will travel a new route this year through the heart of uptown going from Fifth Street to South Tryon Street down to Stonewall and end on Trade Street.

Awards in several categories will be presented to top teams and fundraisers. Visit www.AIDSwalkcharlotte.org for more information.

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