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Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

September 12, 2012

My Twitter buddy Kid Kawartha is participating in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life this Sunday in Peterborough, Ontario. The walk is to benefit PARN, the Community AIDS Resources Network in the Peterborough and surrounding area. PARN provides support and services to people living with HIV/AIDS as well as their loved ones.

As KidK puts it, PARN supports the people very few others care about.

He’s really close to his fundraising goal, and it would be great if you could help him out.

His donation page is here.

Here’s a brief explanation from Kid K, who volunteers with PARN:

 I’d like to give you a picture of what we do on a daily basis around PARN.

 At PARN, we offer counseling, support and practical things like a food bank, condoms, connections to groups who share your struggles, an extensive library and up-to-date info to anyone living with HIV that requests it.

 It’s a place you can come and make sense of your diagnosis and begin to plan how to live with it for the rest of your life, since is there no cure yet. You will not be judged or ostracized, just given the best help we can offer.

 We do a ton of community education and workshops on issues like Harm Reduction, Heterosexism/ Homophobia, Gender and Sex, Women, and Youth. There are weekly on-site clinic services on a confidential basis. We also run one of the few Harm Reduction (read needle/pipe exchange) programs in Canada, and its impact is critical and so very needed.

 Our clients are just amazing people.

Working with PARN seems to have been an incredibly life-changing experience, from what KidK has told me.

So if you can, it would be great if you could help him support PARN. Every little bit counts, and he’s almost there!

Here’s that donation page again.

Thank you so much.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 14, 2012 1:24 am

    Thanks again, Laura, for giving up space and time here for something that means so much to me and to the people that not only PARN takes cares of, but people living with HIV all across the country. There is NO cure yet but it’s not an automatic death sentence, IF you have access to the meds and you take care of yourself. I strongly urge any of your readers to get involved with their local AIDS/HIV care provider in any way they can- it’ll stretch you and change your life.

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