New Jersey AIDS Walk needs more community support

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NJ AIDS Walk

NJ AIDS Walk May 1 2016 logoThe New Jersey AIDS Walk today announced that they are lagging behind in fundraising this year. The walk is being held on May 1, 2016 in five separate locations with thousands of people walking in solidarity throughout the state of NJ to support people living with HIV/AIDS. 

This coordinated effort is designed to raise awareness that AIDS is still a major healthcare issue in our state, as well as raise funds to help support the efforts of the participating HIV/AIDS Service Organizations.  The five NJ agencies supported by this walk are the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, North Jersey Community Research Initiative in Newark, Buddies of NJ in Ridgewood, New Jersey AIDS Services in Morristown, and The Center in Asbury Park.

Raymond Welsh at Buddies of New Jersey in Ridgewood is especially concerned this year as his organization had an ambitious goal of $50,000. The goal is far from being achieved at this late date. Thus far NJ Buddies has only received pledges of $2,785.

“The NJ AIDS Walk has traditionally been the largest fundraiser for Buddies of New Jersey,” said Welsh in an urgent email. “We rely on these funds to keep certain services available for clients and the community at large. The amount raised locally stays in our area to serve our clients’ needs.” said Welsh. To donate to NJ Buddies specifically visit http://njaidswalkridgewood.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1150846.  

For more information on the entire statewide NJ AIDS Walk visit www.njaidswalk.org.