AIDS WALK Charlotte, the largest annual fundraiser for RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) returns this Saturday, celebrating its 19th anniversary. RAIN is one of the largest HIV nonprofits in the Carolinas, providing direct client services to HIV+ youth, adults and senior adults.
The two-mile AIDS Walk Charlotte is an opportunity to “stand up and be counted,” organizers say. The walk, expected to attract close to 2,000 people, is a visual representation of our communities’ commitment to people living with HIV and AIDS. Walkers will wind through uptown Charlotte in honor of those living with HIV and AIDS, in memory of those who died of AIDS and in hope of an HIV-free future.
RAIN is literally driving awareness of the walk before May 2 with a custom-wrapped vintage Jeep, spotted at The Diamond in Plaza-Midwood, among other places. Check out the campaign by following #wheresthejeepclt #aidswalkcltjeep #aidswalkclt on social media.
Registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m., pre-walk program begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10 a.m. at Gateway Village Promenade, 800 W. Trade St.
There is no registration fee, but to get an AIDS Walk T-shirt, you must raise or donate at least $20. Register to participate in the walk online (online registration closes at noon on May 1), or you may register to walk on the morning of May 2. To register or learn more about AIDS Walk Charlotte and RAIN, visit aidswalkcharlotte.org.