A Brief History and Hopeful Future

Posted on Apr 14, 2018
14 years ago The Rotary Club of Belleville hosted a gala showing of the movie “A CLOSER WALK” - a film about the ravages of the AIDS epidemic in North America and it’s world wide spread and effect. Many people were touched by this event and some of us decided we “could make a difference.”  That became the Rotary Trump AIDS Poker Walk. We wanted the event - “the Walk”- to engage the public awareness, raise funds for a multitude of great causes, educate on the subject of HIV / AIDS and have some fellowship and fun while we reached for those goals.

The WALK evolved over the past 13 years with changes in the walk route map, the start and end venues, the look of the day and the many teams of walkers who have helped the cause we shared. We always said it was not all about the infected - it was about those affected. Our hopes were to get this concept rolled out to many Rotary Clubs around the world in a multiplier effect.

As a fundraising initiative we have had a lot of successes. Rotary Clubs in the Greater Toronto Area joined in and together we have raised over $750,000 . As Rotary Clubs we are very careful that the money raised gets shepherded to the recipients without operating costs associated with many fundraisers. Most importantly we are grateful to those who have helped the cause over these years. That’s people like you who reach out and share the care.

We ask that you help us again this year with sponsoring a team member or making a donation on our website by clicking on the Quick Donate button. What really works is sending out emails to your family, friends and business associates directing them to the Rotary Poker Walk website. It’s one day a year that we get to Walk the Walk and it means so much to so many. We are getting close to winning the war on this pandemic.  If you are on Facebook or Twitter you can check out our pages and like and share our stories. And on SATURDAY APRIL 28 you are certainly welcome to join us at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre in Belleville where we will be having our “virtual walk”, playing our Red Ribbon board game, hearing great speakers and sharing some snacks all combined with fellowship and meeting new friends.

We thank you for your past support and reach out for your generous support again this year. If you have any questions just follow this link to our website and contact information.

http://belleville.rotaryaidswalk.ca

Cheers
The ROTARY POKER WALK FOR HIV / AIDS COMMITTEE 2018