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The 19th annual Mon Valley HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will take place Oct. 5, a spokeswoman said.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Bethlehem Baptist Church, corner of Eighth Avenue and Walnut Street, and the walk sets off at 9:15 a.m. A light breakfast is provided before the walk and lunch is provided afterwards.
The walk route is about two miles long, the spokeswoman said.
Organized by the Human Services Center Corp., based in Turtle Creek, the walk is led by its HIV/AIDS Working Group and continues to be the only HIV/AIDS awareness walk in Western Pennsylvania, said Abbie Godollei, outreach coordinator for HSCC.
The walk raises awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Allegheny County and the efforts in the region that are being made to combat the disease and its stigma.
“The HIV/AIDS Working Group is grateful for the many dedicated sponsors, participants and volunteers that have made it possible to continue this event into its 19th year,” Godollei said.
In addition, the walk is designed to educate the public, connect individuals to support services for those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Mon Valley and raise funds for other HIV/AIDS education programs and events.
Along with the Walk, the HIV/AIDS Working Group hosts an event for World AIDS Day, a National Women and Girls Day Dinner, and a summer youth education program, Project H.E.A.R.T (HIV/AIDS Education and Research Training).
Free, confidential HIV testing will be offered during the event by Macedonia FACE and Planned Parenthood. After the walk, there will be a hotdog cookout, HIV biomedical prevention presentation by AIDS Free Pittsburgh, raffle prize drawing and the presentation of the traveling trophy which is awarded to the team with the most participants.
Additional parking is available at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 220 Eighth Ave., and street parking in McKeesport is free on Saturdays.
For more information, call Godollei at (412) 829-7112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published October 02, 2019.