The weathermen said there would be thunder storms but that wasn’t going to put off over 2000 Crusaid’s ‘walk for life’ walkers congregated on Potters Field Park and warming up for a 10K hike around the streets of London.
In fact the rain never came but the ‘Walk for Life’ 21st Birthday bash was showered with donations: achieving a staggering 250k according to Jordan Hay, CEO of Crusaid. Not bad considering the current financial downturn.
Jordan told Positive Pulse: “Walk for life its important because it raises awareness of people living with HIV/Aids here in the UK and internationally. Basically HIV has gone off the government’s agenda and we need to do something to bring it back to the forefront, so that people know that it hasn’t gone away and something needs to be done about it.”
The day had a brilliant fancy dress theme and impressive line-up of acts including: The Feeling, musical impresarios 4 Poofs & A Piano Rachel Rabin and Shiikane, who sang their new single for charity “I Still Need U.” The proceeds of which will benefit Crusaid, Beat Bullying and Richard House Children Hospice.
Here are a few of the best outfits and highlights and I apologise in advance if you did not make the final edit, but it was very hard to choose. I was taken aback by the many smiling and happy faces that greeted me as you crossed the finishing line.
Anthony raised £1.300 walking for NAT with this amazing homage to the late great Lee Bowery.
Deborah Jack CEO of NAT with Archie. The NAT team raised £20.000
“I think this walk is really important because on the way people stop and talk to you to ask, what it’s all about? and I think that too often HIV in never talked about. So it’s a great day, everyone is having fun and it actually gives us an opportunity to get HIV and the red ribbons really visible.” she said.
Allan & Angelina. Positively UK raised £500
Angalina said “From service users point of view this is really great event because this is one way we can give back, and it’s fantastic to do it in such a fun way with family and friends. It doesn’t seem like a chore and it’s going to have such a brilliant impact on peoples lives, so fantastic.”
‘Mini Mouse Ru’ and friend Tessa raised £189
The ‘Jail House Sailors’ from Thames Valley Positive Support raised £100
‘Marie Antoinette and the dashing Dogtanyan’ raised £400.
‘Tutu to much’ English National Ballet’s gorgeous guys and girls raised £1.500
Kei’s crew raised £500
Mr ‘puss in boots’ raised £965
‘Wigs in Space’ www.wigparty.org and ‘Outlet’ raised £6.000
‘Da Flip Flops.’
The ‘Pro Jump’ jump team raised £600
The Topsy Foundation raised £3.500
Two handsome guys.
Another great look.