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If you look at my diary history, you'll see that about 90% of mine are about the Walk or the Ride. That's because I care that there are people who need help & aren't getting it. AIDS Walk Austin & the Hill Country Ride for AIDS both raise money for what I think is the most important thing in the world -- directly assisting sick people. Food bank, subsidies for meds, case management.... these are all things that the Walk raises money for. I'm going to get all mushy & sentimental below the fold, so if you want to avoid that, you can just donate to my AIDS Walk Austin page now.

My Walk & Ride diaries tend toward the sentimental, because I get very emotional about the subject. I heard this song for the first time a few weeks ago & knew I'd use it for my first Walk diary. It's not U2 (try to get over the shock), but another band, Snow Patrol. In a video I didn't use, in the introductory banter, the singer says the song is about seeing the world through childlike eyes and see what you really want rather than all the stuff that doesn't matter. I used this one because you can hear the song more clearly, but if you want, search "Lifening" on youtube & play the one in the Bing lounge - it has quite a bit of pre-song banter.

So this song talks about the important things in life - human contact, a place to live, and a chance to give back. Contributing to my AIDS Walk Austin page makes it possible for AIDS Services of Austin to provide the first things, and you get that last one - to give back.

One of the agencies that benefits from the Walk is The Care Communities, here is what they do (copied from the Walk page):

The mission of The Care Communities is to provide practical and compassionate support for people with serious illness, particularly HAIDS and cancer.  The support is provided by Care Teams, which consist of four to seven volunteers, who offer such assistance as light housekeeping, shopping, transportation, meal preparation, yard work. It also provides emotional support and companionship to those who are ill and who might otherwise remain isolated or alone. The vision of The Care Communities is a caring community where no one will face a serious illness alone.

you could help the Care Communities by donating at my AIDS Walk Austin page

another is the Wright House Wellness Center, here's their nice little paragraph from the Walk page, but you really should click on their link & see the amazing breadth of what they do: "The Wright House Wellness Center is a haven for people living with or at risk of contracting chronic illnesses, where the mind, body, and spirit are nurtured through prevention, education, care, and compassion in a culturally inclusive setting."

and here's me last year, talking about why I walk:

So, please donate at my AIDS Walk Austin page. It will help people, real people who really need help.

Originally posted to anotherdemocrat on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by HIV AIDS Action and Barriers and Bridges.

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