As Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) celebrates its 20th anniversary servicing the East and Southeast Asian HIV and LGBTQ communities in Toronto, we would like to once again invite you to join us to become runners, walkers, donors and supporters at the Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k 2014! As this is our fourth year participating at the challenge, we ask you to help us reach our $30,000 goal.
For the past 3 years, the funds raised by ACAS have gone directly to help support East and Southeast Asians living with HIV. Though our HIV+ clients very often live in poverty and face immense marginalization, they can access specific funds to help cover emergency housing or medical costs, therapeutic services not covered by OHIP, or to upgrade their knowledge through enrolling in capacity building and/or life-long learning courses. The funds raised will also help provide the much-needed social events and peer support activities to our clients as they often face social isolation as a result of HIV stigma and AIDS-phobia from the community. To empower our clients at becoming better agents of their own health and well-being, the monies raised will also help fund a series of health promotion workshops on topics such as treatment literacy, self-care and complementary therapies to enhance their ability to address their holistic health needs.
To become a runner/walker or a donor/sponsor for the event, please contact Community Engagement Worker, Christian Hui at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. As an incentive, all persons who help raise $750 will have their entry fee reimbursed.
Asian Community AIDS Services is a charitable, non-profit, community-based organization located in Toronto, Canada. We provide safer sex and HIV/AIDS education, support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS, and programming to LGBTQ persons of East and Southeast Asian background. We are committed to utilizing a pro-active, sex-positive and holistic approach. Our services are culturally and linguistically appropriate, and provisioned in a collaborative, empowering and non-discriminatory manner.