Ryan and I popped down to Potters Field, near the GLA building to support the start of this year’s Walk for Life which is organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust. This was our third year attending the event on behalf of 17-24-30, and our second year as ambassadors for Dab the Aids Bear Project.
It was a bitterly cold morning, so we both appreciated our pale blue 17-24-30 hoodies as we chatted with people and asked them to pose with Dab the Aids Bear.
The theme for this year’s walk for life was Kings and Queens, with participants encouraged to dress up as royalty “You can dress up as much or as little as you want, and if royalty isn’t your thing – be creative! We’re extra excited about this theme as well as expected crowns and gowns there is so much space for a bit of fun – think Queen of Hearts, Kings and Queens of Pop, Freddie Mercury in THAT drag outfit, Cleopatra, Priscilla or all things King sized!”.
And as you can see there were some fabulous costumes.
Walk for Life
Walk For Life was founded in 1989 by HIV and AIDS charity Crusaid – it has always been an incredibly important event for the HIV community, a chance not only to raise vital sponsorship but also to raise awareness and act as a public platform, giving people a voice to grow and shape the nation’s response to the virus and remember loved ones. Now in its 23rd year, Walk for Life continues to be a highlight in the fundraising calendar, organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust after Crusiad merged with the Trust (11 June 2010).
Terrence Higgins Trust
In 1982, Terrence Higgins was one of the first people in the UK to die of AIDS. A group of his friends wanted to prevent more people having to face the same illness as Terry so they named the Trust after him, hoping to personalise and humanise AIDS in a very public way. The Terrence Higgins Trust has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV, and improving the nation’s sexual health, ever since. It’s vision is a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all.
Dab the AIDS BEAR Project
Dab the AIDS BEAR Project is an American based organisation set up by Dab Garner. It’s goal is through HIV awareness, education and prevention to prevent new cases of HIV whilst helping empower those living with HIV. The project is run entirely by volunteers and helps fund the Teddy Bear Touchdown and other services for children affected or effected by HIV and AIDS.
Was set up on Facebook in April 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick lane and Soho. It is a small anti-hate crime charity responsible for organising the annual April Acts of Remembrance in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho as well as the London Vigil against Hate Crime in October. It’s purpose is to bring people together, remember those we’ve lost whilst supporting those affected by hate crime, raising awareness and encouraging communities to work together to stop hate crime in our communities.