The World AIDS Day RED RUN is back!
Now more important than ever, the World AIDS Day RED RUN returns to Victoria Park, London. A 10k/5k charity fun run or 5k walk in support of HIV services across the UK.
Since 2009, East London’s HIV charity – Positive East – has organised the World AIDS Day RED RUN on the last weekend of November (just before World AIDS Day on 1st Dec). What began 12 years ago with just 50 people running a 10k run through Richmond Park, is now a large community event shared and enjoyed by thousands.
Past special guests have included Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Barbara Windsor. In addition, the event has played host to spoken word performances, AIDS quilt displays, drag singers and international DJs. The growth and success of the event so far is only down to the incredible support of those who have taken part. We want people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to join together and make a positive impact in their community.
The 2019 event saw 4,000 people coming together raising over £150,000 for vital HIV support and prevention services across the UK.
MORE THAN A RUN!
The World AIDS Day RED RUN is a celebration, an acknowledgment of work still to be done, and an opportunity for each of us to remember those whose fight against HIV ended too soon. Anchoring the route itself is the RED RUN Village, where we can all gather before and after the event. The 2021 village will include: DJs from Horse Meat Disco and Eagle London, Drag superstars DENIM will again host the event, free hot drinks, UK AIDS Memorial Quilt display, Charity stalls, an AIDS memorial and a small display of HIV and AIDS public health poster campaigns from Wellcome Collection.
Who benefits from the event?
As there is no other large-scale HIV community fundraising event in the UK, Positive East invites the HIV sector to benefit from Red RUN. This year, 25 HIV charities have joined in the event, allowing each to raise vital funds which will strengthen our collective response to HIV. These include Positive East, Prepster, Spectra, Food Chain, METRO Charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, National AIDS Trust, AIDS Orphan, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Living Well, 56 Dean Street, Mildmay, Black OUT, Africa Advocacy Foundation, CHIVA, Frontline AIDS, GMFA, Mothers2Mothers, LGBT Switchboard, Tackle Africa, StopAIDS, Plushealth UK, PositivelyUK, NAM, Wandsworth Oasis and Frontline AIDS.
We’re Not Done Yet
It has now been 40 years since the first recorded cases of HIV/AIDS were confirmed and this year’s RED RUN takes place against the backdrop of a momentous time in the world of HIV. We have seen a dramatic fall in new HIV diagnosis, particularly amongst gay men in London, London and the UK have exceeded the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target (90% of those living with HIV are diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed are on treatment, and 90% of those on treatment are adhering), PrEP works, and if you have an undetectable HIV viral load it is biologically impossible to pass the virus on to your sexual partners.
However, amongst this good news, the challenge remains that not everyone and not all communities are benefiting. HIV stigma is still a reality and there are far too many people undiagnosed or diagnosed late. 50,000 Londoners are living with HIV and HIV support services are still needed. We have mourned the loss of tens of millions of people whose fight against HIV ended too soon. We’re not done yet.
Now is certainly not the time for us to stand down. Take Action. Lace Up. We’re not done yet.
To register and get involved please visit www.redrun.org.uk
Positive East would like to thank the 2021 and thank again the 2019 sponsors: ViiV Healthcare, Gilead, Royal Bank of Canada, Interbank, the FSCS, Horse Meat Disco, the Eagle London and a special thank you to Mark Oakley, Miranda Markham, and Anne McLellan.