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The 20th annual Mon Valley HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will take place Oct. 3 — but virtually.
The walk is organized each year by the HIV/AIDS Working Group of the Human Services Center Corp. in Turtle Creek, and continues to be the only HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk in Southwestern Pennsylvania, said Abbie Godollei, outreach coordinator.
The event is usually held on a Saturday on the streets of Downtown McKeesport, but due to COVID-19, the walk will instead be held that day beginning at 9 a.m. on Zoom.
During the virtual event, there will be an opening ceremony and breakout sessions to discuss different topics related to HIV, Godollei said, as well as chances to win prizes at the virtual event. After the virtual event, individuals are encouraged to go out and walk in their neighborhood and share their experience through social media, she said.
Leading up to the virtual event, there will be chances to win weekly prizes by posting about the walk and helping to raise awareness about HIV on social media, Godollei said.
The annual walk aims to educate the public, connect people living with HIV to support services, and raise funds for other HIV/AIDS education programs and events organized by the HIV/AIDS Working Group, Godollei said.
Along with the walk, the HSCC’s HIV/AIDS Working Group hosts an event for World AIDS Day, a National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Dinner, and a youth education program, Project H.E.A.R.T. (HIV/AIDS Education and Research Training).
Originally published September 16, 2020.