Now that summer is over, what better way to walk off some of those extra beer and barbecue pounds than to take part in a walk or run that benefits others.
The annual AIDS Walk for Life takes place at Sunset Beach Sept. 23 at 11:30, with registration, live music and other activities beginning at 10 a.m.
The Positive Living Society of B.C., which launched the first Canadian AIDS Walk 27 years ago, reminds everyone that HIV/AIDS is not the death sentence it was once but is still a battle that doesn’t need to be fought alone. For information or to register visit aidswalkvancouver.ca.
This walk doesn’t take place in Vancouver, but it was organized by Myeloma Vancouver and directly benefits Vancouver General Hospital and the University of B.C. Foundation.
Last year more than 200 participants raised almost $23,000 and organizers hope to double those numbers this year. So what are you waiting for? Registration for the Myeloma Vancouver Stroll for a Cure begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam. Parking is free and the Tim Horton’s Cruiser will open after the walk. For more information visit myelomavancouver.ca.
Jericho Beach Park
Bladder Cancer Canada is hosting five-kilometer walks across the country Sept. 23, with the Vancouver event taking place at Jericho Beach Park.
More than 7,000 Canadians a year are diagnosed with bladder cancer, an often overlooked but potentially fatal disease. When identified early, bladder cancer can often be successfully treated, however, it is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per-patient basis because it has the highest recurrence rate of any malignancy, requiring a lifetime of surveillance even after treatment. The five-year survival rate for patients with advanced bladder cancer is only 15 percent, compared to over 88 percent for those who have early stage disease, driving home the importance of raising awareness of the condition’s signs, symptoms and risk factors.
Bladder Cancer Canada is raising money for patient education, awareness programs, patient support programs, and clinical research. Registration is at 10 a.m. at Jericho. A follow-up patient education and support seminar takes place Nov. 2 at Vancouver General Hospital. For more information visit the “Vancouver” link at bladdercancercanada.org.
Jericho Beach Park
Also happening Sept. 23 at Jericho is the third annual Walk for Kitties, organized by Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association, which is asking Metro Vancouver animal lovers to help raise desperately needed funds for the organization.
VOKRA is a no-kill, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland run entirely by volunteers, which relies on donations and adoption fees to pay for food, litter and medical bills for the abandoned cats and kittens it rescues. Last year VOKRA rescued more than 1,400 abandoned cats and kittens from the streets and estimates this year the number will be around 1,700. VOKRA spends between $25,000 and $30,000 each month providing quality care for rescued cats. Registration for the five-kilometre walk begins at 9:30 a.m. at 1300 Discovery St. For more information visit orphankittenrescue.com.
Heritage Vancouver has organized a new walking tour aptly titled First Shaughnessy: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, this Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Long time residents Richard Keate and Margo Keate West will lead participants through Shaughnessy’s garden district and point out the significant architecture that makes this district the city’s only legally recognized "residential heritage character area." The tour meets in Shaughnessy Park at The Crescent and Angus Drive—one block east of Granville. For information and to purchase tickets visit www.heritagevancouver.org.