It's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! My Take on the Scotiabank AIDS Walk 2012

The AIDS Walk for Life was back in town on Sunday September 16, 2012 for the first time in fifteen years thanks to the efforts of Scotiabank and Masai Clinic's Coordinator Deana Clatworthy. With only 8 weeks to make it come together, it went off without a hitch, the weather was perfect, and all participants were raring to go.

On hand for waking up and nourishment there was plenty of coffee donated by Starbucks at Stone Road Mall and from Tim Hortons who also supplied some Tim Bits and Cora's donated some fresh fruit cups.

After a few short speeches from Deana, Dr. Anne Marie Zajdlik and Board President Andrea Wyshniowski, the staff of Goodlife Fitness lead everyone in some warm up and stretching exercises. At approximately 11 a.m. the ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by Executive Director Tom Hammond and City Councilor Ian Findlay and then the gang set out to complete the walk. Along the route was two check in points where people were encouraged to ask questions from the staff member. The first stop saw Masai Nurse, Sharon talking about the babies born to HIV clients of the centre. At the second check in, B. J. Caldwell took questions and spoke about stigma.

By noon, everyone was back in time for Pizza donated by Dominos and a little entertainment, a run through of "Singing In The Rain" complete with dancers of all ages and umbrellas. And finally, winners with the highest donations were awarded and other marchers were rewarded with prizes for their participation.

In conclusion, thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers from Scotiaband and ACG it was a total success. Now we have a whole year to plan for next year.

Oh, I forgot to mention one thing, silly me, I took some pictures, they can be viewed on the ACG's facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/aidsguelph/

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