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October 16, 2008

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By Katherine Drasic

SFU’s AIDS Awareness Network made its debut Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 at the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life. But the newly formed student group’s premiere was much better than any red-carpet extravaganza—it was a red-dressed sea of about 45 students and family members embarking on a 10-km walk to raise awareness and money for people living with HIV/AIDS.

About 3,000 participants turned out for the event in Stanley Park, raising about $420,000 for the fight against AIDS. The SFU AIDS Awareness Network, which is so far mainly comprised of Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) students, raised $2,337—more than double their goal.

"It was an exciting and promising beginning," says participant Adam King, who founded the Network with fellow FHS grad student Oghenowede Eyawo. "We want to thank everyone, especially our fellow students and faculty members, for making our first event such a success."

King says he and Eyawo started the group to engage graduate and undergraduate students in HIV/AIDS-related issues and initiatives on campus and beyond, and to bring meaningful benefits to people affected by HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Awareness Network’s main goals are to:
  • Provide students with opportunities to apply theory to HIV/AIDS initiatives to build skills and experience.
  • Reawaken the awareness and concern of the SFU community about HIV/AIDS issues on campus, throughout Vancouver, nationally and internationally.
  • Strengthen the health impact and reach of the Faculty of Health Sciences by connecting and collaborating with HIV/AIDS organizations locally and internationally.
  • Create partnerships with NGOs in developing nations to contribute support and resources.

For more information or to become involved contact Adam King (aka44@sfu.ca) and Oghenowede Eyawo (oea1@sfu.ca), or drop by the AIDS Awareness Network office in Blusson Hall, Room 11703.
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