El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership Hosts First-Ever AIDS Walk, Health Fair

El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership (BAP) presents their first AIDS Walk fundraising event and Health Fair this weekend.

“We are very excited about our very first ever AIDS Walk sponsored by Insitu*Architecture and run by us, Border AIDS Partnership. The walk hasn’t occurred for a number of years in El Paso and we hope that we can bring it back and make it an annual event. This year we really wanted to do something during World AIDS Day. We hope that by you joining us on this very special day, we can take the time to walk and remember our loved ones we have lost to AIDS. By walking with us, you are also helping our organization provide critical resources for people from El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS,” said Floyd Johnson, president of BAP.

“We also want to make this event a family and pet friendly environment, so please bring your kids and all pets are also welcomed.”

The walk is a 5k route around the lovely and historic neighborhoods surrounding Memorial Park. Registration fee is $25 and includes a shirt which commemorates the fundraising event designed by Diego “Robot Boy” Martinez.

In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the region working on this critical health problem.

With support from AIDS United, the collaboration became the Border AIDS Partnership, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.

Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2.0 million to support innovative HIV prevention and education programs.

Previous grantees include Centro Caritativo Para Atención de Enfermos de Sida, University Medical Center of El Paso’s Teen Advisory Board, Programa Compañeros, support group HIVida, Actúa y Toma El Control, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Families & Youth, Inc.

Registration before the walk can be done at www.eventbrite.com or at the day of the event starting at 8 am, with the actual walk starting at 9 am. Health Fair will begin at 10:30 am.

For more information or help signing up, call 915-533-4020, visit their website, or find them on Facebook.

What: Border AIDS Partnership’s 1st AIDS Walk Fundraiser

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Memorial Park (1701 N. Copia St)

Registration: 8 am at Memorial Park. Before the Event at www.eventbrite.com

Start of Race: 9 am