On Saturday, May 6, AIDS WALK Charlotte will celebrate 27 years of bringing our community together to fight HIV stigma and raise funds for RAIN.
Every dollar raised stays in Charlotte to support the services and programs RAIN provides to people living with HIV and those at risk. For 31 years, RAIN has been empowering persons living with HIV and those at risk to be healthy and stigma free. RAIN educates and advocates for all people with HIV and those at risk for a greater understanding of HIV and how it affects everyone regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
AIDS WALK Charlotte continues to be the largest HIV fundraising walk in the Carolinas and since 1997 has raised over $3.3 million. The walk is roughly two miles long and takes the average person around 30 minutes to complete. This family affair fundraiser is open to all who want to participate and shows the compassion Charlotte has for our neighbors who lack full access to resources, health and wellness, and who suffer from HIV stigma yet today.
On average, 6 new cases of HIV are reported each week in Mecklenburg County.
Lifetime risk of an HIV diagnosis is higher if you live in the South, including North and South Carolina.
Mecklenburg County has the largest number of HIV cases and new diagnoses in North Carolina.
49% of all HIV/AIDS diagnoses occur in the South.
The CDC says that 1 in 5 new HIV infections occur in people younger than 25.
All funds received from AIDS WALK Charlotte are tax deductible. Click here if you need a copy of RAIN's 501(c)(3) status.