“AIDS Walk Los Angeles is one of the best things we do. We leave our comfortable campus, join the community, and walk our talk,” says Dr. Joy Turek, chair of the graduate Psychology/Clinical Psychology program and captain of Team Antioch Walks. “Everyone is welcome to join: friends, family, partners, kids, or you can come alone.”
In 2012, with over 30 walkers, the AULA team raised $8,873, making AULA the 69th-highest fundraiser out of all 1,700 teams, and third out of school teams. This year, the University hopes to have an even bigger team and beat its record from last year by raising $10,000.
The team will assemble in West Hollywood at 9am at a location to be determined, where walkers will receive a t-shirt with the Antioch Walks team name on it. The walk is just over six miles, completed at a comfortable pace, and usually takes until about noon.
Walkers are asked to have paying sponsors. The money raised by AIDS Walk Los Angeles supports services provided by more than 20 AIDS service organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Walkers are strongly encouraged to ask people they know to donate in support of their walking, but are welcome to walk even if they don’t collect any money. Walkers can sign up here at the Antioch Walks Team page.
Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has drawn over a half-million participants who have collectively raised nearly $75 million. The event serves as a model of grassroots fundraising and community activism for organizations across the United States.
Those who are unable to walk are encouraged to participate by sponsoring a walker or the Antioch Walks Team. Notes Turek, “Whether you contribute your time as a walker or your money as a sponsor, you can make a powerful difference in people lives.”