AIDS Walk Delaware celebrates 30 years

The 30th anniversary of AIDS Walk Delaware is likely to mark a return to a banner year with about 1,000 people expected to travel 5 kilometers on what is forecasted to be a mild, sunny day. The scene was similar in 2014.

Last year’s walk saw a diminished turnout because it coincided with the papal visit in Philadelphia.

The anniversary event takes place Sept. 24 simultaneously at Dravo Plaza, 815 Justison St. in Wilmington, and at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the walk at 11 a.m.

Donations benefit the walk’s organizers: AIDS Delaware and the Delaware HIV Consortium. Both provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Delaware as well as preventative education, outreach and testing.

The organizations set a fundraising goal of $130,000. So far, more than $66,000 has been pledged.

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