By Woody Woodrick
Hundreds of Mississippians spent a recent Sunday afternoon showing they care about those with HIV/AIDS.
More than 400 people took part in the April 6 Footsteps in Hope 8K run/walk at Ross Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland. The event was co-sponsored by the Mississippi Conference.
"I think things went really well," said Liz Coleclough, who organized the event. "We raised nearly $20,000. It's a welcoming way to approach the subject. We're discussing a serious issue but bringing it up in a welcoming manner. To have people essentially be vocal about HIV/AIDS is a huge accomplishment."
The event was designed to raise awareness and research funds for HIV/AIDS. The distance of the event represents the 8,000 people who die daily from HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. Participants were encouraged to form teams and seek sponsors for the event. Large groups of students took part, including groups from
One group sported T-shirts with the name "IMoSA" on the front. The letters stood for "In Memory of Steve Allen" who died of AIDS in 1991. "We are some friends of Steve and his brother," said Sherry Allen of
Andy Fredrick of
Funds raised by the event will help:
• Grace House
• Hope Project, the global arm of Footsteps that is working to enhance clinical and community health in
The Rev. Tim Thompson, superintendent of the Meridian District who is coordinating conference efforts to fight AIDS, said earlier this year that plans call for a series of workshops and seminars around the conference. Those are expected to take place sometime after Annual Conference in June.