For over two decades, AIDS Walk Charlotte has raised over $2 million in HIV/AIDS prevention activities for those who live with HIV/AIDS every day. The event is a celebration of how far we’ve come and how much farther we can go together. Every year, friends and family walk two miles through uptown Charlotte with fanfare, noisemakers and even rainbow socks.
And that’s just a sliver of what you’ll see this Saturday:
RAIN in action. No, we don’t mean precipitation (it’s supposed to be partly cloudy and stay that way). If you’re unfamiliar with the work RAIN does for the HIV/AIDS community in Charlotte, here’s a brief recap: The organization is the reason for AIDS Walk Charlotte. Their annual benefit helps ensure their services are available to people who need them most, including their PrEP program, which provides free preventative HIV drugs to communities who need them most, particularly to black people, Latino people and transgender women of color.
A lively group of walkers. If this is your first time walking at AIDS Walk Charlotte, you’re in for a rainbow-covered treat. Everyone is wearing colorful shirts, shorts, socks and/or hair ties.
The warm-up stretch is vintage Richard Simmons. You can’t take this walk without a fabulous warm-up. Before you head out, stretch and shout to energizing music provided by The Jam: CLT, this year’s 2017 Engagement Ambassador. Jam stands for “Just.Add.Music.” OK, y’all, you better have your sassy sweatbands on for this one.
The morning program will kick-off the walk and your spirits. This year’s morning emcees Maney, Roy & LauRen Morning Show on 95.1 will keep you in an energetic mood.
An award ceremony for the teams. If you’ve already registered or plan to walk as an individual, you may be up for official recognition of your funding efforts. The awards include Top Community Fundraising Team, Top Corporate Fundraising Team, Top Congregational Fundraising Team, Jordan Mitzel Award (Top Individual Fundraiser) and Glam Squad Award for team spirit (a personal favorite)
If you’re ready to tie on your sneakers for this one, head on over to AIDS Walk Charlotte’s website for more day of information.
More information: AIDS Walk Charlotte, produced by RAIN, Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gateway Village Promenade, 800 W. Trade Street, Uptown. For more information, visit the AIDS Walk Charlotte website or RAIN’s website.