Give Back at This Annual Charity Walk

Every year, thousands of locals lace up their walking shoes and head to Eakins Oval to pound the pavement for a good cause. AIDS Walk Philly, one of the most well-attended and longest-running charity walks in the region, returns this year on Oct. 20—and it all happens just minutes from your Royal Athena apartment.

The event is a 5K walk (though runners are welcome!) that raises money for AIDS Fund. The local nonprofit gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars every year directly to locals affected by HIV/AIDS, and the annual walk is a major contributor to that effort.

Participants solicit pledges from supporters before the event, aiming to earn donated dollars for every mile they walk—and setting up fun and friendly competition in the weeks leading up to the walk. If you fancy yourself a social media whiz, put those powers to good use to whip up some support and raise extra funds (all while going head to head with fellow walkers to see who can generate the most dough!).

The walk starts at Eakins Oval, about 15 minutes from your Royal Athena apartment in the heart of the Art Museum area, and winds through Fairmount Park and back to the finish line at the Art Museum, giving walkers a picture-perfect view of the fall foliage at its peak. While there’s plenty to see along the way, walk organizers also have a whole host of activities before and after the event. Pay tribute to victims of HIV/AIDS with a visit to the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which offers hundreds of personalized panels dedicated to locals lost to the disease. There will also be speeches by elected officials, families of victims and community activists, as well as live music, dancing and other performances.

AIDS Walk Philly is a day all about community—uniting those affected by the disease, and empowering others to do their part to help put an end to HIV/AIDS in Philly.


AIDS Walk Philly

2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Philadelphia, PA 19130