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S.T.E.P.S. holds third annual Chautauqua County AIDS Walk
Sunday, November 22, 2009

The SUNY Fredonia student group Students Teaching Equals Positive Sexuality (S.T.E.P.S.) will host its third annual Chautauqua County AIDS Walk on Saturday, Dec. 5. Registration will begin at noon in the Steele Hall Gymnasium, the indoor location where the event will also be held this year.

The event’s goal is to both raise campus and community awareness of AIDS, as well as money for a non-profit health care organization called Partners in Health.

“AIDS is a topic that people need to be aware of and I am thrilled to be involved with an event that helps do that,” said Jessica Frain, a junior Inclusive Childhood Education major and social chair of S.T.E.P.S. “A lot of hard work has been dedicated to this event and I am proud of everyone who has worked on it or is planning to take part.”

Sports teams, campus clubs, independent groups and area community members of at least five people can register to walk. For those who register before Nov. 20, there is a $10 minimum donation per person; after Nov. 20 the minimum contribution per person is $20.

To register a team, please visit the S.T.E.P.S. office in Room S105 of the Williams Center to pick up a registration packet. Once the packet is filled out, it can be placed in the S.T.E.P.S. mailbox located in the Campus Life Office, also in the Williams Center, with the correct amount of money per team. Additional donations will be collected the day of the event.

Those who are unable to walk and would still like to donate or have questions may contact S.T.E.P.S. at fredoniasteps@gmail.com.

S.T.E.P.S. was created by students in 1992. Throughout a given school year, S.T.E.P.S. puts on various presentations and programs on STDs, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, homophobia, sexual assault and healthy/unhealthy relationships.

Partners in Health (PIH) is a Boston-based not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to providing a “preferential option for the poor.” Founded in 1987, PIH strives to bring good medical care to the poor by establishing long-term partnerships with local sister organizations.

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