AIDS Walk Delaware takes different approach amid COVID-19 pandemic
AIDS Walk Delaware is changing up its plans this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
AIDS Walk Delaware will be a week-long, statewide challenge - September 12, 2020 through Sept. 19, 2020.
AIDS Delaware director of development and marketing John Beckley says the format temporarily replaces traditional walks in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.
“We knew that with COVID we could not approach the walk the way that we traditionally do," said Beckley. "We also know that the CDC guidelines are that you can get out and you can exercise and you should do it socially responsible. So we decided to extend the walk to a week-long challenge.”
He says the format allows people to walk when they want, how they want and with whom they want since there is no in-person gathering.
Beckley adds it’s still extremely important that people help raise funds for AIDS Delaware and the Delaware HIV Consortium.
“HIV and AIDs have not gone away," said Beckley. "There are still people that are still testing positive; yes, it is a very manageable, treatable disease, if you have the resources and the insurance to cover that. But there are a lot of people in the State that do not have those resources. And that’s where organizations like AIDS Delaware and the HIV Consortium come in.”
Beckley says they hope to raise $80,000 during this year’s 35th annual event.
Walkers can register at the AIDS Delawre website.