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Marching Forward: Scotiabank Extends Sponsorship Through 2014 for AIDS Walk for Life!

Sep 16, 2011 - OTTAWA, ONTARIO - After more than 20 years of walking to support local services and programming and to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS in Canada, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is excited to announce a three year partnership renewal with title sponsor, Scotiabank. Since coming onboard in 2007 at a national sponsor level, and moving to title sponsor in 2008, Scotiabank is extending their sponsorship commitment through to 2014.

"For three years, Scotiabank has been involved in the event as title sponsor, and every year our branches, our employees and our customers come out to show their support," said Duncan Hannay, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Canadian Marketing. "This year, we are proud to announce our commitment for another three years. The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is an important event for all Canadians. As long as there is no cure for HIV and AIDS, people in our communities - women, youth, children, men, and their families -- face the challenges of this unforgiving disease every day. By coming together to raise awareness and funds, we can help shape a brighter future."

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life will take place in more than 40 communities across Canada during the week of September 17-25, 2011. So don't just stand there - come out and support the more than 65,000 Canadians living with HIV/AIDS as they tackle the obstacles of HIV.

Monique Doolittle-Romas, Executive Director for the Canadian AIDS Society admits, "The HIV epidemic in Canada has evolved dramatically since the early days and we have made many advances. Nonetheless, it's still an anniversary we'd rather not be commemorating. People are living longer lives and the urgency that once surrounded HIV is no longer present, but HIV still poses significant challenges to individuals and communities, and prevention is still paramount. That's why, as much as ever, we encourage Canadians to support the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in communities across the nation."

There are many obstacles to overcome when you are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS including facing HIV stigma, the potential subsequent loss of relationships with family or friends, job loss or serious illness. Despite the advances in treatment, there is still no cure.

Please join us in tackling the obstacles facing those living with HIV/AIDS by registering for your local Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, sponsoring a participant or a team, volunteering or making a donation. To find a Walk in your community, visit: www.aidswalkforlife.ca.

For more information on the Walks in your community, visit: www.aidswalkforlife.ca. This year's Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life takes place across Canada on the following dates:

September 11: Moncton, NB
September 17: Peace River, AB
Nelson, BC
Prince George, BC
Bathurst/Chaleur, NB
Sydney, NS
Hamilton, ON
Kingston, ON
London, ON
North Bay, ON
September 18 : Cranbrook, BC
Vancouver, BC
Hazelton, BC
Edmonton, AB
Saskatoon, SK
September 19: Fort McMurray, AB
September 21: Victoria, BC
Whitehorse, YT
September 22: Nanaimo, BC
Smithers, BC
September 24: Kamloops, BC
Red Deer, AB
Grand Prairie, AB
Fredericton, NB
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Durham Region (Oshawa), ON
Ottawa, ON
September 25 : Calgary, AB
Toronto, ON
Winnipeg, MB
Saint John, NB
Corner Brook, NL
St. John's, NL
Halifax, NS
Dryden, ON
Peel Region, ON
Peterborough, ON
Thunder Bay, ON
Windsor, ON
Charlottetown, PEI
Regina, SK
October 1: Amherst, NS
October 2: New Glasgow, NS
Truro, NS

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is a project of the Canadian AIDS Society in partnership with the British Columbia Persons with AIDS Society, 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 $30 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.

National Sponsors

Title: Scotiabank
Platinum: Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
Gold: Gilead
Bronze: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Official Courier: Canpar
Promotional Partners: Cineplex Entertainment, Empire Theatres, Maclean's Magazine, Marketwire, enRoute Magazine, Rainbow Cinemas and Magic Lantern Theatres

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Scotiabank
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com .


SOURCE: Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life


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