BELMONT, N.C. — Get those walking shoes out and hit the streets for the 20th Anniversary Walk for AIDS to benefit the House of Mercy on April 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at 101 Mercy Dr., at the stone shelter on the campus.

Providing services since 1991 to those affected by HIV/AIDS, the Sisters of Mercy have been a beacon of light to those it serves. Participants will walk the three-mile route to raise funds for this charity. An event T-shirt will be given to the first 250 people who raise $50 or more. Walk alone or as a team. Some companies provide matching funds for those who participate and achieve their objectives. Visit the Walk website for more details and to sign up.

Prizes will be awarded to top individual and top team fundraisers, as well as best banner.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. A picnic, music and awards reception will be held afterward on the House of Mercy grounds.

Sotto Voce (an ensemble of One Voice Chorus) and Eric Thomas, Walk honorary chair and WBTV meteorologist, will be on hand to welcome participants.

This year’s goal is $32,000. Eighty percent of the administrative costs comes from contributions. Funds are needed to supply food, medications and 24-hour compassionate care.

Contributions are always welcome. Send checks or money orders to House of Mercy, P.O. Box 808, Belmont, NC 28012 or donate online.

To RSVP for the picnic or for more information, call 704-825-4711 x3, email, or visit


Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.