The world’s first AIDS patient was diagnosed in 1981. Four years later, the first AIDS Walk was commenced in Los Angeles in an effort to raise funds for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the community. AIDS Walk has then developed into an international fundraising campaign for AIDS awareness in various cities around the globe.
Over the years, millions from more than 75 cities participated in local AIDS Walk events across North American and Australia. Celebrities have taken steps to help promote the good cause in action by participating in the Walk, including Hilary Duff, Nick Jonas, Michael Urie, Christa B. Allen, Sophia Bush, Jason Wu. Around the world, AIDS Walk takes place in iconic places in each city, such as West Hollywood in LA, Central Park in New York City and the Great Wall in Beijing. The Society for AIDS Care (SAC) organized the first AIDS Walk at The Peak in 2002, launching this international AIDS fundraising campaign in Hong Kong annually. To further promote AIDS Walk, each participant will receive a mask created by contestants of Mask Design Contest for free and be invited to wear it during the walk, an element introduced by SAC for the public to empathize with PLWHA for the heavy stress of hidden identity due to fear for discrimination.