AIDS Vancouver Island in Nanaimo educates over 4,000 people every year about how to avoid HIV/AIDS, reduce stigma and create a more compassionate society in the face of HIV/AIDS. Nanaimo is one of more than 40 communities across Canada participating in the 2014 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.
"The AIDS Walk in Nanaimo is an important event to raise awareness about the work we do reducing the harm associated with HIV/AIDS. We are still seeing new infections of hepatitis C and HIV in Nanaimo and across Vancouver Islandó there is an urgent need to address stigma and discrimination for those at-risk, living with and affected by the virus" says James Boxshall, acting Executive Director of AIDS Vancouver Island.
Anita Rosewall Peters, who works on a daily basis with HIV and hepatitis C positive clients as a counsellor and advocate at AVI's offices in Nanaimo added, "The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life reminds us all that HIV still poses major obstacles to people living with the virus and to our communities and that the need to respond by providing support and creating awareness is as urgent as ever".
All proceeds raised from this event will support AIDS Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, who provide support and education to those infected with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C in the Nanaimo region.