The Florida AIDS Walk...

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    Mar 20, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    ...was today, Sunday, March 20, 2011. Huge turn-out in perfect weather, I completed the 10k course, and my partner staffed our team's booth at the starting & finish point. I encourage others here to look at participating in similar events in their areas to raise money for HIV/AIDS causes.


    I'll post pics when I get them, lots taken by professional photographers, especially of me because I have "photographic interest" as I hobble along with my cane, only one of two I saw this year, actually passing others as I maintained just under a 4-mph pace without pause.

    A lot slower than the steady 9+ mph I could sustain for 4 miles in Army boots, helmet & full uniform at age 30. But this IS supposed to be a walk, I AM 62, plus disabled. BTW, the small team I was on raised around $27k USD.
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    Mar 22, 2011 12:13 PM GMT
    Having been a pioneer of the 80s, when so many hid away and did nothing, when we rally needed them. I was out there raising funds and awareness. My job is done the hard slog is over.
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    Mar 22, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
    True_Blue_Aussie saidHaving been a pioneer of the 80s, when so many hid away and did nothing, when we rally needed them. I was out there raising funds and awareness. My job is done the hard slog is over.

    I'm glad to hear you raised funds. The US still needs them, especially since HIV/AIDS government funding is being cut all the time. And the AIDS crisis is hardly over, at least not here. In fact, in south Florida it's growing.

    Furthermore, these events serve several other purposes, besides simple fundraising. They send the message that HIV is still a very serious health issue, at a time when many of those most at risk are not being educated & warned in the US school system, due to politically-motivated selective program cuts that eliminate the topics of HIV and gay sex from the curriculum.

    Also, the events remind the general public that HIV/AIDS is not over yet. And that we still need support from their wallets and from their voter ballots. Aside from the immediate money we raise, we also hope to prompt additional donations all year long.