Can you run? Are you living with HIV?
If both your answers to these questions are yes, bingo! That means you can join the “Open Faces” run in Russia with all expenses paid.
On International Candlelight Memorial day, 15 May 2016, 10,000 people will run one of four distances: 3km, 10km, 21km or 42km. They will be joined by 100 people living with HIV for a marathon with a difference. The organizers want to use this major national sporting event as an opportunity to raise awareness of HIV amongst young people, and challenge stigma and discrimination at the same time. ITPCru is encouraging runners living with HIV from all around the world to join the run which will start from Russia’s sports capital Kazan.
“I’m normally pretty skeptical about different runs, balls, auctions and fashion shows as part of the fight against HIV,” explains Gregory Vergus, Regional Coordinator of ITPCru. “But given the level of stigma in Russia, I feel I have to run. And, as I probably can’t finish the run by myself we need your help. Please join us…”