MOTORCYCLE RIDERS, WALKERS, AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS COME TOGETHER TO STOP THE SPREAD OF HIV/AIDS IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES

WEST PALM BEACH, FL–  The World Health Organization and the United Nations first declared December 1st as World AIDS Day in 1988.  Since then much has been done to create awareness, save lives and slow the spread of the disease. This year’s theme is “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”.  Minority AIDS Initiative Network, Inc. (M.A.I.N.) has joined forces with Harley Davidson, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club South Florida, Born Free Riders of Boynton Beach, 561 Riders of the Palm Beach, and Harley Riders of the Palm Beaches Motorcycle Club among others to raise awareness and stop the further spread of HIV/AIDS specifically in minority communities including African American, Caribbean and Latino populated areas of Palm Beach County.

 

Elizabeth Robinson, Executive Director of M.A.I.N. states, “Getting to Zero involves getting more community members involved. The Minority AIDS Initiative Network, Inc. involves hundreds of community members coming together for one thing and one thing only, that is to put a voice to HIV/AIDS.  We provide FREE confidential HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and referral services, while facilitating HIV education training, street outreach and support groups.  Join M.A.I.N. and our community partners in recognition of World AIDS Day 2013 at “The MAIN Event” where our mission is “Getting to Zero”!

 

M.A.I.N. will host five events designed to reach and engage entire families, people of all ages and residents of all cultural backgrounds titled “The M.A.I.N. Event”. The awareness events will kick-off Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6:00PM with The M.A.I.N. Event‘s Getting to Zero AIDS Awareness Reception hosted by Harley Davidson of Palm Beach. “Harley-Davidson® of Palm Beach is proud to be part of this worthy cause.  Palm Beach County and South Florida in general is a melting pot of brothers and sisters from all over the world. Continually raising awareness of HIV and Aids related issues benefits all who get involved in this initiative. We invite all of you to participate and attend this weekend’s events “, says Kathleen Simone, Event Coordinator for Harley-Davidson® of Palm Beach.

 

On Friday, December 6, M.A.I.N. will host the 3rd annual “Show you Care” Midnight Walk for AIDS at the MLK Memorial, Downtown West Palm Beach followed by the Clematis Club Stroll where condoms and candy will be distributed.  The events will wrap up on Saturday, December 7th with the Community Health Fair at Cunningham Park in Riviera Beach and The Motorcycle Ride for Life from Delray Beach to Riviera Beach.  In addition, Viking Yachts will host a fundraiser, The White Haute Party with a Purpose featuring FREE HIV/AIDS screening, heavy hors d’ouerves, live entertainment, door prizes, and dancing.

 

The M.A.I.N. Events are open to the public.  There is no cost to participate in the Walk or Community Health Fair. There is a requested donation of $10 for the Reception at Harley Davidson and $65 for the White Haute Party with a Purpose.

 

For more information about “The M.A.I.N. Events” or to RSVP, please call The Mosaic Group at 561.290.6739 or send an email to info@upscalebymosaic.com.

 

“THE M.A.I.N. EVENT” Schedule & Details:

 

Thursday, November 21 – 6pm-9pm

World AIDS DayThe M.A.I.N. Event World AIDS Day Observation Kick-off Reception

Harley Davidson of Palm Beach (2955 45th Street, West Palm Beach)

Suggested Donation: $10 at the door and includes music, complimentary refreshments, and chance drawings/silent auction.

 

Friday, December 6 – 9:00pm-12:00am

Show You Care Midnight Walk for AIDS (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Flagler Drive, (Curry Park) Downtown West Palm Beach) Candlelight AIDS walk will begin at 9:00 P.M. in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial . The walk will travel to Palm Beach Yacht Club and back to the Memorial for the candlelight Ceremony.  The walk is free & open to the public, donations are encouraged and accepted, and team applications are available.

 

Clematis Club Stroll Condom Distribution – Begins immediately after the walk, volunteers are welcome to join as we distribute condoms and candy to club goers along Clematis Street.

 

Saturday, December 7 – 10am-3pm

Motorcycle Ride for Life& Community Health Fair/Picnic hosted by Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club South Florida will gather to ride across Palm Beach County to boost awareness of HIV/AIDS and preventative initiatives. The Ride kicks off with hundreds of Motorcyclists in Delray Beach Old School Square at 11:30am and continues the journey with a tour from Delray Beach to Riviera Beach where it concludes with a Resources Health Fair that includes FREE HIV testing, health screening, community resources and a BBQ.

 

White Haute Party – Hosted by Viking Yachts, Riviera Beach Marina District

To close out “The MAIN Event” World AIDS Day Observation, the White Haute Party with a Purpose will be held.  This is an upscale event in which participants are asked to wear white with an accent of red.  There will be live music, a fashion showcase, heavy hors d’ouerves, raffles, and more. Viking Yachts is located at 1550 Avenue C, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

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About Minority AIDS Initiative Network, Inc. (M.A.I.N.)

Minority AIDS Initiative Network, Inc. (M.A.I.N.) is a community based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and its purpose is to work to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS through early intervention, street/community outreach and small group facilitation in minority communities within Palm Beach County. M.A.I.N. collaborates with other community based organizations, the County and State Health Department, churches and schools to educate and bring awareness to HIV/AIDS prevention/intervention. M.A.I.N.’s mission is to educate, advocate, and mobilize at risk youth, young adults, adult males and females of minority communities about HIV/AIDS/STD prevention, treatment and early intervention.

 

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