Agence France Presse (11.30.11) - Wednesday, December 14,
China is planning to hold its first-ever AIDS walk fundraiser
on the Great Wall next October. The 2012 walk is being
organized by three nonprofit organizations: the government-
backed China Population Welfare Foundation, the China Alliance
for People Living with HIV/AIDS, and the Beijing Gender Health
Education Institute (BGHEI).
A participant kick-off is scheduled for May. "It will be very
helpful to tackle AIDS discrimination - people will know more
about AIDS through training, and they may meet people with HIV
during the walk," said Wei Jiangang, head of BGHEI, adding
that the first walk will be limited to about 150 participants.
"With the funds we raise, we will set up programs with
hospitals that have foundations for treating HIV/AIDS
patients," said Wei.
The world's first AIDS walk was held in Los Angeles in 1985.
Since that time, walks have been held across the United States
and Canada. Chinese organizers say they hope the event will
catch on in other areas of China in the coming years.