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Run with pride for a good cause

Annual Pride and Remembrance Run announces beneficiaries

Runners gathered at the start line for 2011’s Pride and Remembrance Run.

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Every Pride season, LGBT Torontonians take to the streets to raise money for charity and show off their athletic prowess.

With the Pride and Remembrance Run entering its third decade, the organizers are hoping they can raise $125,000 for four LGBT charities.

People taking part in the 3km walk or 5km run will be raising money for four different LGBT charities:

  • Rainbow Railroad, which assists LGBT people at risk of violence to escape to safer countries, will get enough money to help five asylum seekers.

  • The 519, Toronto’s LGBT community centre, will receive funding for its “Not Alone” program, which helps LGBT survivors of sexual violence.

  • The AIDS Committee of Toronto will put money toward its Positive Youth Outreach Program, an initiative that aims to support young people who live with or are at risk for HIV.

  • Money will also go toward the Pride and Remembrance Foundation, which was founded in 2010 by the Pride and Remembrance Association. The foundation provides support to LGBT charities, administers a scholarship for LGBT students at the University of Toronto and recognizes community members with the Bill Graham Award.

Last year’s beneficiaries were Inside Out, Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation.

Started in 1996 by three gay triathletes, the Pride and Remembrance Run has raised more than $1 million for LGBT charities in Toronto. The first Pride Run fundraised for the Toronto AIDS Memorial.