Register to Run or Walk
Saturday, November 13th 2021
Registration: 8 am
Speaking Program: 9 am
Kick-off: 9:30 am
Bullocks Point Ave
Riverside, RI 02915
Register as a solo runner or walker, and your donation helps ensure APRI can continue to provide services to those who need us most. (Help us raise additional funds as a runner or walker, click the link under “Make a Team” below.)
Want to fundraise for the Run/Walk for Life as group, no matter where you all are? Invite friends, family, or colleagues to join you. Together you can make an amazing impact on those living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV.
AIDS Walk History
The AIDS Walk for Life was started by AIDS Project Rhode Island in the mid-1980s—part of a wave of grassroots fundraisers held across the country that was that raised money to help provide care and support to individuals suffering during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when they were often without insurance, access to services, and/or dying alone because their families and communities had rejected them.
In the more than 30 years since the first AIDS Walk for Life, we have made great strides in the fight against HIV, and now, thanks to advances in medication, people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives.
That does not mean, however that HIV and AIDS have gone away. The virus may not make headlines much these days, but more than 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. Every year, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. get HIV, and continued stigma against people living with the virus, gaps in education, and lack of connection to care and support services present enormous challenges.
The Red Scarf Run/Walk
Like the red ribbon, the red scarf is a symbol of awareness ofHIV/AIDS, and stands against the stigma of those living with, affected by, and at-risk in our community.
Red Scarf originally started as a public installation of red scarves in2012, orchestrated by the staff of local volunteers at an HIV/AIDS organization in London, England to raise awareness. Now, APRI is bringing this worldwide effort to Rhode Island, encouraging participants to wear symbolic red scarves, and/or make red scarves to spread awareness on World AIDS Day, December 1.
About the Hope Harris Award
Hope Harris was an AIDS Project Rhode Island Board Member and leader who was passionate in her outreach to the African American community to fight the stigma around HIV. Named after Hope, this award recognizes persons or organization exemplifying service to the communities APRI serves and dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Stay tuned for news on this year’s honoree.
Honoring J. Phillip Kane
Philip started as a volunteer at the Project. He was working for Sheraton Hotels in MA in 1986 and a co-worker tested positive for HIV. That co-worker lived in RI, and was connected to the Project so Philip decided to volunteer for the AIDS hotline and as a Buddy for clients.
At the time, the Project was mostly all volunteer and then they got first grant from RI Foundation. The epidemic of course grew so more funding allowed the Project to eventually hire him as the AIDS Hotline Coordinator, training volunteers and managing it, updating info on HIV/AIDS etc. Then he became the Education Coordinator. He was with the Project 13 years.
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