AIDS Walk steps onto main street

18th annual event changes walk route

One of RAIN’s AIDS Walk Charlotte marketing posters, picturing (L-R): RAIN Executive Director Rev. Debbie Warren, Michael Rodriguez and Kita Chandler.

One of RAIN’s AIDS Walk Charlotte marketing posters, picturing (L-R): RAIN Executive Director Rev. Debbie Warren, Michael Rodriguez and Kita Chandler.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network’s 18th annual AIDS Walk Charlotte is slated for Uptown on May 3. Folks from across the city and region will head out to raise funds and awareness for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. And, this year, they’ll do so on a more visible route right down Tryon St.

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“We heard from many of you that you loved the neighborhood feel of the route but you wanted more visibility,” the organization recently announced. “We are excited to announce that the route has changed and we are walking through the heart of Uptown Charlotte — right now Tryon Street. The route is still two miles long but we hope you will enjoy the visibility the new route brings.”

The event begins with check-in and registration at 8 a.m. at the Gateway Village Promenade. A morning program and RAIN’s annual awards will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the annual AIDS Walk commencing at 10 a.m.

AIDS Walk Charlotte is the largest annual fundraising event for RAIN, which has served those affected by HIV/AIDS since 1992. The group offers a variety of services for those living with HIV and those whose family members are HIV-positive.

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This year’s AIDS Walk theme is “Be Brave.” It’s marketing materials have featured a diversity of RAIN staffers, clients and community supporters of all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations.

The event is expected to attract more than 2,000 participants.

For more information, visit aidswalkcharlotte.org or contact info@aidswalkcharlotte.org or 704-973-9818.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.