Walk helps AIDS organizations

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life on Sunday at Victoria's Centennial Square

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life takes place Sunday (Sept. 21) at Centennial Square.

Money raised from the event directly benefit AIDS service organizations in Victoria.

“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,” said Craig Dales, executive director of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society.

There are 11,700 known cases of HIV in B.C. as of 2011, including 888 on Vancouver Island as of 2012. As many as 200 more on Vancouver Island are infected with HIV and don’t know it.

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in Victoria is being held in conjunction with Walks that will be taking place in over 40 communities across Canada the week of September 17-25.

The Victoria walk begins at noon at Centennial Square.