What's different this year?
Following the most current guidelines from government and health officials for Social Distancing, we are expanding AIDS Walk Delaware to a Weeklong Challenge
We want people to feel comfortable participating when they want, how they want, with whom they want. There will be no formal in person gathering.
You can follow one of the two official routes: In Wilmington along Brandywine Park or in Rehoboth Beach, from Grove Park to the ocean and back.
Or walk wherever you feel most comfortable - in another park, in your neighborhood or on your treadmill at home.
Why Walk? Why Donate and get Sponsors?
AIDS Walk Delaware is the state’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising and awareness event. Each year the Walk provides nearly $80,000 for case management services, HIV-specific mental health counseling, free HIV testing, education/prevention programs for youth and young adults, housing services, and more.
This year’s walk is critical for the benefiting organizations as they have been financially impacted by COVID-19, having been forced to cancel other fundraising events. The services they provide to the community are essential and continuing to fulfill the needs of clients, who are most vulnerable in this pandemic, is crucial.
WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR
How to receive a face mask & commemorative T-shirt:
Register by August 1st and make a minimum donation of $10 to receive an AIDS Walk Delaware face mask to use on your walk. (A reusable multi-layer poly-cotton mask with replaceable carbon filter, adjustable ear straps and metal nose seal)
Raise an additional $30 to receive the 2020 AIDS Walk Delaware T-shirt.
(Total of $40 donation/funds raised).
NOTE: When you register, we will need your phone number and address in order to mail you your mask.
Participate in AIDS Walk Delaware's Scavenger Hunt:
This year we are encouraging walkers to participate in our first Scavenger Hunt. Simply register to walk, put on your mask and complete some or all of the challenges below. Share your experiences on your Walk Profile Page and/or social media. Use the hashtag #AWD2020. Your post for each challenge enters you in our Prize Drawing. Complete every challenge to be entered seven times.
Why we incorporated the Rainbow into our T-shirt:
The rainbow has represented many inspirational and empowering ideals. The Muppet's song The Rainbow Connection is a message about being yourself and following your dreams. The Rainbow Coalition, led by Jesse Jackson welcomed voters from a broad spectrum of races and religious groups. It helped facilitate social programs, and gave voice to groups who needed to be heard. The LGBT gay-rights Rainbow Flag symbolizes diversity and acceptance, representing life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), harmony/peace (blue), and spirit (purple). Now the rainbow is a symbol of hope in the fight against COVID-19, to show support for our Essential Workers and spreading joy for children. While we have come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS, there is still much work to do. People still need care and support and we continually work to eliminate the stigma associated with being HIV Positive. This is why a Rainbow and why we still walk - with hope, determination and empowerment.
You can link your personal fundraising page to your Facebook or Twitter right from your AIDS Walk account. It’s quick, easy, and effective! Just follow these steps:
You can also send personalized emails right from your account. Just click the Send an Email or Spread the Word icons on your homepage to get started. Use one of our available templates or create your own.
If you use another account to send emails, make sure to include a link to your AIDS Walk fundraising page in your signature.
Each time you send a message, the recipient will be provided with a reminder to sponsor you.
Make it personal by letting people know why AIDS Walk Delaware is so important to you. Add a profile picture and make sure to include your fun photos if you've done the AIDS Walk in the past.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
This year we have moved the Knowledge Neighborhood online. Here you can get more information information about our sponsors and gain awareness about community organizations and local businesses. It's a great reference tool so check back throughout the year as we add more to our neighborhood. Click to Learn More