Temple’s Lamda Pi Eta Raises Money for AIDS Walk Philly

aidswalkTemple’s Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society of the National Communication Association, is raising money for this year’s AIDS Walk in Philadelphia. The yearly walk, which started in 1987, organizes many sponsors and register donors to get involved to help raise money for HIV/AIDS services in Philadelphia. The walk this year starts at Eakin’s Oval by the Art Museum at 9 am on October 16.

The walk not only helps raise money but raises awareness of the adverse effects HIV/AIDS has not only on individuals but society. Here in Philadelphia, there are over 30,000 people in the Philadelphia region who have HIV according to aidswalkphilly.org, over half of those who have HIV in the United States are not receiving treatment. All the money raised by the Lambda Pi Eta will go towards providing HIV services in our communities and helps those with HIV in extreme financial hardship. HIV/AIDS is a reality, but so are the people and organizations who are putting their hearts into helping those in need.

“Lambda Pi Eta is a service-based organization. Our chapter specifically works to benefit the LGBTQIA+ community in Philadelphia since we feel that community is very underrepresented. Last year we worked to raise almost $1,000 for AIDS research and helping those with the disease. We had a great time all getting together, wearing our Temple gear, and representing our society along with so many others who walked for a great cause!” said Tyler Device, President of Lambda Pi Eta.
Whether or not a student is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, Device says that anyone can be a part of the organization’s service events. Registration for the AIDS walk costs $50, and if you want to make a general donation, those are also accepted. Another great way to get involved and support is to volunteer. For more information on HIV/AIDS testing and services in Philadelphia visit The Mazzoni Center, Philly AIDS Thrift, and Take Control Philly.


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