Raise money and awareness with AIDS Walk Kansas City

Tory Foulk

The 26th Annual AIDS Walk Kansas City will take place Saturday, April 25 at Theis Park. According to the AIDS Walk Kansas City website, the walk is “the primary fundraising event for the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, whose board distributes the money to AIDS service organizations.” These organizations “provide shelter, medical care and emergency services for more than 5,700 men, women and children in Kansas City affected by HIV/AIDS.”

The walk is 3.5 miles long, and takes anywhere from one to three hours to complete. It will begin at Theis Park, which is located east of the Plaza at the intersection of Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. Approximately one-third of the walk will take place on UMKC’s campus.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., a “fantastic program with music and fun” begins at 9 a.m., and the walk itself begins at 10 a.m. To walk is free, but AIDS Walk Kansas City asks participants to create a fundraising page online at www.aidswalkkansascity.org to enlist friends, family and others to donate. Walkers have the opportunity to win prizes the more money they raise. The prize packages are outlined on the website and include t-shirts, totes, hats, bags and even what’s called a “Plaza Package.” The Plaza Package includes a night’s stay at the Courtyard Marriot at Country Club Plaza and a gift certificate for a dinner at Café Trio Restaurant.

If one wants to participate but is unable to walk or doesn’t live in the area, there is a “virtual walker” option – virtual walkers are able to create an online fundraising page and get the same prizes for fundraising as the walkers do.

Anyone interested in raising money and awareness for those affected by HIV/AIDS are highly encouraged to participate by walking, fundraising, donating or simply cheering walkers on as they pass through.

For more information on AIDS Walk Kansas City, visit www.aidswalkkansascity.org.