Oak Park, Calif., March Takes Aim at AIDS
March 14, 2003
Oak Park, Calif., residents received packets on HIV/AIDS Saturday from volunteers ranging from middle-school children to adults well into their 60s. The packets containing brochures on HIV/AIDS, candy and a condom were distributed by local groups participating in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.'s International Day of Service, which this year focused on combating HIV/AIDS. The local chapter of the public service sorority, which is made up of mainly of college-educated African-American women, led a 4-mile walk around Oak Park to highlight HIV/AIDS and its increasing rate in black communities. "I think this is a wonderful thing to do since it affects so many African-American women," said Lois Ballard, a member of Delta Sigma Theta since 1956. The sorority also raised over $2,000 in donations from community members and organizations, which will be given to the California HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network Grassroots Evolution.Adapted from:
03.09.03; Niesha Gates
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.