Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is a charitable, non-profit, community-based organization located in Toronto, Canada. We provide safer sex education and services to the East and Southeast Asian communities and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ communities.
We are excited to once again participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon 2017 Charity Challenge for our sixth year. As an annual major fundraiser event for the agency, all funds raised at the race will directly support our East and Southeast Asian service users who are living with HIV and members of the LGBTQ communities, our Queer Asian Youth program, as well as help support the work of the Ontario Positive Asians Network, a network for HIV+ Asians in Ontario. In the past five years, ACAS has met or exceeded its fundraising goal. From raising $15,000 in the 2000 to over $24,000 in 2015, we have seen an increase of funds raised over the years. Through engaging our stakeholders, service users, volunteers and donors to support our participation at the SWTM Charity Challenge, we have been able to build a stronger community for East and Southeast Asians infected and affected by HIV in the Greater Toronto Area.
This summer 2016, ACAS will start recruiting runners and walkers for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k. We aim to recruit a minimum of 25 runners to help us our $20,000 goal. ACAS staff, service users, volunteers, allies as well as members from the community will form teams to compete for special prizes for fundraising team and top fundraiser. Special incentives will be given to fundraising runners/walkers who raise a minimum of $750.