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Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life - www.aidswalkforlife.ca

Thousands of Dedicated Walkers Showed Support for the HIV/AIDS Community During the 19th Annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Sept. 25, 2014) - Thousands upon thousands of collective footsteps treaded along the diverse streets of Canada from September 13 to 21 to show support for the 71,300 Canadians living with HIV/AIDS.

To date, more than half a million Canadians have participated in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life from coast to coast to coast. Together, these Canadians have raised over $42 million to support programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in their communities.

This year, an estimated $900,000 raised from the Walk will be used to provide enhanced services, education and resources to prevent new HIV infections.

"It's very encouraging for us to see more and more dedicated Canadians come out for the Walk to show their support for People Living with HIV/AIDS," said Monique Doolittle- Romas, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian AIDS Society. "In the last few years, we made great strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. But the fight is far from over. Through our joint efforts, we will continue on our path to overcome HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, and one day - it's our hope - that we will find a cure."

Each year, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is made possible with the support of its committed volunteers, countless donors and national corporate sponsors, including Scotiabank, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Gilead Sciences Canada Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, TBWA/TORONTO, Cineplex Media, Maclean's Magazine, Marketwired, Rainbow Cinemas/Magic Lantern Theatres, The Walrus Magazine, and Google Ad Grants.

"The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is an incredible and inspiring event for our city, where enthusiastic walkers, volunteers and community members join together to raise much needed funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS which remains a serious and life-threatening disease," Alberta Cefis, Scotiabank's Executive Vice President and Head of Global Transaction banking. "We would like to express our gratitude to all of the participants, supporters and organizers of this event who have, year after year, helped to fight stigma, promote awareness and contribute their time to making a difference."

To learn more about the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, visit www.aidswalkforlife.ca.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is a project of the Canadian AIDS Society in partnership with the Positive Living Society of British Columbia, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, and community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. During the national week-long event, cities and communities from across the country host Walks to raise funds for local services and programming and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. As Canada's most important HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life has now raised over $42 million for community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations since 1996 and has attracted well over half a million participants. Scotiabank continues its multi-year commitment as title sponsor for the AIDS Walk, playing a key role in expanding its promotional and fundraising capacity.

About the Canadian AIDS Society

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is a national coalition of community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. CAS is dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, and to enriching the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit www.cdnaids.ca

National Corporate Sponsors

Title Sponsor: Scotiabank

Platinum Sponsor: Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

Gold Sponsor: Gilead Sciences Canada Inc.

Bronze Sponsor: Bristol-Myers Squibb

Creative Sponsor: TBWA\TORONTO

Promotional Partners: Cineplex Media, Maclean's Magazine, Marketwired, Rainbow Cinemas/Magic Lantern Theatres, The Walrus Magazine, Google Ad Grants

Contact Information

Maria Feldman
Communications Officer
Canadian AIDS Society
613.230.3580 extension 130
mariaf@cdnaids.ca

Kate Simandl
Media Communications
Scotiabank
416.866.6218
kate.simandl@scotiabank.com


Reproduced with permission - Canadian AIDS Society "

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