Since 1999, a community called WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE has been promoting different organizations that cover topics ranging from peace, cancer, the environment, to autism, abuse, suicide prevention, Aids, poverty, gangs and more! It is a growing community of artists, mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, brothers, sons, survivors…who strive to make a difference through experiences, music, art, photography, film, the theatre and whatever skills they have to contribute. The mission is to empower each other by becoming educated, sharing information, and utilizing knowledge to help those in need. As an activist & Founder of the community, I am always looking to bring together people making a difference in a positive light! While browsing on the internet last week, I came across a post in The League Of Extraordinary Ladies group on facebook. A woman by the name of Rebecca Narvaez caught my attention with her post about AIDS Walk LA.
When it comes to community activism & grassroots fundraising, AIDS Walk LA is the perfect model! AIDS Walk was brought to life in 1984 during the height of the epidemic, by a visionary named Craig R. Miller. On a mission to do something, Miller used his community organizer skills to raise awareness & funds for the fight against AIDS. He had an idea, pitched it, and the AIDS Project Los Angeles hired him to produce their event. Since then, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has become the largest AIDS Fundraising event in California! AIDS Walk Los Angeles continues to draw over a half million participants who have collectively raised over $72 Million for the AIDS project Los Angeles.
Rebecca Narvaez is working hard to bring awareness to a great cause! In this interview she opens her heart and sheds some light on the importance sharing information and her contribution to AIDS Walk LA.
– Tell me about AIDS Walk LA?
AIDS Walk LA 2012 is an annual event benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles and over 20 L.A. County AIDS service organizations through sponsorships, fundraising and donations. AIDS WALK L.A. 2012 will be held on October 14th at the West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, CA.
-What inspired you to support this cause?
I want to educate people on this virus. All the literature in the world won’t eradicate the stigma but simple steps to diversify and strengthen education on HIV/AIDS can. Above all we strive for a cure. Knowledge is a key step in the fight to end HIV/AIDS worldwide. I started investing myself in this knowledge in my very first health class in junior high. We were taught the basics starting with being safe. This cause is important to me because we still need this education for everyone. HIV/AIDS does not discriminate. It just needs a healthy body to strive. Anyone can contract it. It’s never been picky. It doesn’t care if you’re a good person or a bad person, a man or a woman. It doesn’t care what race you are or if you are gay or straight. Anyone can contract HIV and anyone can suffer from AIDS. Education can help everyone stay safe, know when, where and how to get tested and what to do if they test Positive. Education gives everyone the knowledge to be and stay safe, get and stay healthy, and find help if and when they need it. With continued education I truly believe we are well on our way to being AIDS free.
-Are you doing the walk or are you helping raise awareness for the cause?
I participate as a walker with friends and family. By participating as a Star Walker I hope to continue to raise awareness for AIDS/HIV services.
-What can people do to help?
If you would like to help the AIDS WALK L.A. and/or any of local AIDS Services you can participate, volunteer and/or donate time and funding to any of these services. Donations and volunteerism always welcome.
-Are they looking for volunteers?
Yes! AIDS Walk LA is open to volunteers, Star Walkers and sponsors. To sign up visit the AIDSWALK.NET website under “Participate” for more information.
-Where can people donate?
Anyone who wishes to donate can sponsor a Star Walker by visiting the official website and entering the walker’s name. Donations can also be made to a team or donors can make a general donation. To donate make checks payable to “AIDS Walk Los Angeles” or “AWLA” or donate online at AIDSWALK.NET.
-Where can we learn more about the cause?
For more information contact AIDS WALK LA at 213.201.WALK, email@example.com, or AIDSWALK.NET
Thank you Rebecca! Together WE CAN make a difference!