Thursday, September 01, 2011
Join the party on September 24
This is a heartfelt plea to my fellow Ottawans to come join us on September 24, 2011 at the annual AIDS Walk for Life. It's not a long walk at all and it's a lot of fun.
Back in the early aughts, I asked Charles what he wanted for his birthday and he told me he wanted to take part in the walk. It happens close to his birthday and our wedding anniversary. In his words, what better way to celebrate. You're surrounded by people, many of them dressed up, all having a great time together and it's for a worthy cause. So the walk is our party for Charles.
I'll let you in on a small secret: every year, Charles tirelessly raises significant funds for the walk--another reason why I love him.
Of course, the walk is not just about celebrating Charles' birthday. Its goal is to raise awareness about AIDS/HIV and money for organizations that help people in the community with AIDS/HIV.
Bywords.ca has been participating almost since we began in the early aughts as part of our ongoing mission to show we care for Ottawa and our fellow residents. Our writers, our volunteers, book sellers, event organizers, subscribers are all part of the community. And you are part of this community.
You don't have to raise any money if you aren't able to. You can just join the team and help to show Ottawans that members of the literary community care as we assemble en masse and walk together when the organizers call out our team name.
You don't have to join the team, you can sponsor us and help us meet or even exceed our goals of raising $500 for Pink Triangle Services, a very worthy non profit organization that, among numerous other supportive activities, offers support and out reach to those with AIDS/HIV and also, germane to our own activities, provides a library with GLBT books and resources.
I will be in my usual white attire, including a tutu. And believe me, when I walk thru downtown in my wee tutu on a Saturday afternoon, I draw attention. That's the goal. There are also motorcycle cops who stop traffic. It's a lot of fun and it's for a good cause. Come join us. Or if you're already on a team, that's terrific. See you at the walk!
Registration begins at 5pm at Marion Dewar Plazy, Ottawa City Hall, and the walk itself is around 7pm. Afterward, we shall warm up at a local public establishment and hoist tankards of ale.
As many as 68,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. One third of them don’t even know it. There is no cure and no vaccine to prevent new infections. When you have HIV/AIDS, life gets a lot harder. You can help.