Thousands expected to turn out for AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Thousands expected to turn out for AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Thousands of people are expected to turn out Sunday for the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to kick off at 9:15 a.m. at West Hollywood Park with appearances by Paula Abdul and actress Lea Thompson.

The 10-kilometer walk will begin and end at the park. The crowd will head east on Santa Monica Boulevard, south on La Cienega Boulevard, east on Melrose Avenue, south on La Brea Avenue, west on Beverly Boulevard and north on San Vicente Boulevard.

Streets along the route will be closed temporarily, although there will be controlled intersections supervised by police where vehicles may cross.

The annual event raises money for AIDS Project Los Angeles and more than 20 other related organizations in the county. The money goes toward providing food, dental care, housing and other necessities for people with HIV or AIDS.

“An estimated 60,000 people are living with HIV or AIDS in Los Angeles County,” said the event’s director of communications, Ben Fordham. “With thousands of new infections occurring every year, it’s still a challenge that we’re facing. That’s why fundraising is so important, so we can continue to provide services to those people.”

The event draws teams of schools, churches, families and friends, some of whom have participated every year since its inception in 1985. Over the years, the walks have raised a total of more than $77 million.

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