The annual ‘Red Run for World AIDS Day’ took place on Sunday at Victoria Park in East London. The event, organised by local HIV charity, Positive East, attracted over 300 runners who competed in either a 5K or 10K race. Runners raised money to support services for people with HIV across the capital whilst the costs to stage the race were met by the Interbank LGBT Forum.
“The Red Run is our flagship fundraising event which raises much needed funds to support the many thousands of people with HIV in London’, said Mark Santos, the Charity’s Director. ‘It is always great to see other HIV charities taking part as well as we made a deliberate decision to make the event really inclusive. Many of the people we help also get support from different organisations so we really are working together’
Public Health England report that now there are over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK and nearly half of them live in London. The Red Run for World AIDS Day saw participants running for the National AIDS Trust, Food Chain, WLGMP and GMFA charities as well as Positive East.
‘We haven’t got the final calculation in yet but we expect the race to raise around £20,000. Because there are more people infected than ever before, demand for services has never been greater, added Mark Santos. ‘So a big thank you to all those who ran and all those who showed up to cheer them on. There was a great atmosphere in the park and fortunately, the weather was mainly forgiving!
Positive East has been supporting people living with and affected by HIV for nearly 25 years and are the largest HIV charity in London. Every year they help over 35,000 people face to face and a further 40,000 on their website, www.positiveeast.org.uk
The Interbank LGBT Forum are pleased to announce that they are supporting Positive East this year by sponsoring their Red Run for World AIDS Day.
The run takes place on Sunday 29th November in Victoria Park and offers both 5 and 10 kilometre routes. For more information please see www.redrun.org.uk
As an incentive to encourage Interbank Members to sign up and support this great cause, anybody signing up and entering the code “Interbank” upon application will receive a 20% discount on the entry fee. Please do sign up if you’re interested in taking part in the Red Run and encourage others to support the event.
For more information on Positive East and the work they do, visit their website: www.positiveeast.org.uk
Interbank has published the first edition of its Newsletter. The Spring edition can be downloaded here in PDF format.
We are delighted to announce that the Interbank LGBT Forum has voted for PACE to be its chosen charity for 2014.
PACE provides a range of holistic support services for LGBT people, with the aim of improving wellbeing and inspiring better LGBT mental health. The charity has been in existence since 1985, and has provided thousands of service users support through counselling, advocacy and group work. PACE also offer online counselling and have an active online peer support community.
PACE Head of Communications, Ruth Overton said of the Interbank support ‘This is a fantastic surprise! We look forward to working with the Interbank LGBT Forum to raise some essential funds for the work we do to support LGBT clients as well as to raise the profile of PACE. We want to let LGBT people know who we are and what support we can offer
Like staying physically fit and well, keeping good mental health is important too – we all have times when that can be hard and that’s where PACE can help. We aim to create safe spaces where LGBT people can get some support, either face to face or online. Whether it’s about how to negotiate better relationships; coming out; managing your own mental health; dealing with domestic abuse; mental health advocacy; youth counselling – our counselling, group work and advocacy services have seen LGBT people coming to us for nearly 30 years. Recent funding cuts have had an impact and so being chosen as charity for 2014 will really help to keep vital PACE services going this year.’
To donate to PACE http://www.justgiving.com/pacehealth/Donate