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500 walked for HIV/AIDS projects

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RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - A walk at the reservoir Sunday afternoon helped HIV/AIDS projects in Mississippi and Africa.

About 500 people laced up their tennis shoes to help raise money for Footsteps In Hope 2010.

The 8k walk-run supports programs and clinics that lack adequate health care in Mississippi and Zimbabwe.

Various organizations braved the chilly temperatures to participate.

Organizers said the event was started to give people in the area a friendly way to discuss and actively support HIV/AIDS which is often a topic not talked about openly.

During the walk there were also live bands and poetry reading performances.

"In 2001 there were 20 of us with the Mississippi Methodist Conference who went to Zimbabwe in face went to old Mutare to do a Vacation Bible School for some orphans who became orphans because of AIDS. It touched my heart like nothing else I've ever experienced," said Gay Huff who participated in the walk.

"There is a group of conscientious people here who want an opportunity to really let their voices be heard about HIV and AIDS and general sexual health," said Footsteps In Hope coordinator Liz Colecelough.

This is the third year the walk has been held.

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