Music festival fun at first Scotiabank AIDS WALK to tHrIVe!
August 16, 2016 - BC's largest annual fundraiser for people living with HIV/AIDS has been re-imagined and revitalized. After 30 years and different incarnations, the Scotiabank AIDS WALK for LIFE has been rebranded as the Scotiabank AIDS WALK to tHrIVe. Live music, a health and wellness fair, a licensed lounge area and food vendors are just some of the event's fresh features. With all the elements of a popular summer festival, expect an entertaining, up-beat day that does good in the local community.
“People should expect a lot of fun,” says Neil Self, Positive Living BC's vice chair. After completing a new walk route along Vancouver's Seawall, participants will be treated to the tHrIVe Music Festival, featuring live acts playing rock, pop, funk, soul and electronic music. Onstage will be award-winning talent including Andrew Allen, Olivia, Alita Dupray, Queer as Funk, Pompadoors and Destineak. Food and drink will be available, along with a health-focused vendors market. Those looking to relax can enjoy an onsite health and wellness fair with practitioners offering massage, reflexology and naturopathic treatments, by donation. Tickets to the festival are free for people who fundraise $150 or more, or can be purchased for $30.
The new Scotiabank AIDS WALK to tHrIVe reflects how life with HIV is changing. Says board member Tom McAulay, “To live and exist with HIV in and of itself is not enough. To thrive, we need support, we need love, we need to know there is a reason to live for tomorrow. This is what the WALK to tHrIVe is out to accomplish.” Funds raised at the event support Positive Living BC's membership via the Community Health Fund.
Scotiabank AIDS WALK to tHrIVe takes place September 25, 2016. The new walk route begins at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown at 12 noon and continues along the Seawall for 5.5 km to finish at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. A free shuttle service will run from the Roundhouse to Malkin Bowl from 12 pm to 6 pm. Learn more by visiting www.aidswalktothrive.ca or following hashtag #THRIVEYVR.
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Leah Giesbrecht, Communications Coordinator
Positive Living Society of BC | 604.893.2234
The Positive Living Society of British Columbia exists to enable persons living with HIV and AIDS to empower themselves through mutual support and collective action.
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