Charities

2013 – AIDS WALK – support Queers4Gears!

The time has come again…………….the time to walk!

This year, Queer4Gears is doubling-down our fundraising efforts is response to the planned protest by the Westboro Baptist Church at the NASCAR race in Kansas.  These hate preachers are upset that Brad Keselowski wouldn’t have a problem with an openly gay driver in the garage.

Generally, I think these WBC clowns should be given as little attention as possible.  So instead of trying to out-shout them at Kansas on April 21st – let’s ignore them that weekend.  But we can make our voices heard!

The weekend before the protest – April 14th,  during the Texas race, Q4G will be walking in the Vegas AIDS walk to raise money for AFAN – Aid for AIDS of Nevada.

Are you opposed by the WBC and their “God Hates Fags” campaign?    Are you a Christian who is digusted by what this “church” represents?  Solution: There is an easy way to send the Westboro Church a message that their brand of hate isn’t welcome in NASCAR…… by giving a donation to a pro-gay NASCAR Charity effort!

It is worth noting that EVERY dollar raised by Q4G will be matched by the magicians Penn and Teller……. so your donation will go twice as far.  Let’s break some records and raise tons of money for a wonderful charity.

Queers4Gears knows that everyone in today’s economy must make every -dollar stretch – but if you are able to give;  may we suggest some terrific and deserving organizations:

AFAN – Aid for AIDS of Nevada:

afanAid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) provides support andadvocacyfor adults and children living with and affected byHIV/AIDS in southern Nevada.  AFAN works to reduce HIV infection through prevention education to eliminate fear, prejudice and thestigma associated with the disease.  Founded in 1984, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. Nearly two thousand men, women and children infected with HIV are registered as clients with our agency. AFAN provides direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs, and community outreach. It is the mission of our client service programs to enhance the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals we serve, while promoting their dignity and improving the quality of their lives.

(IAPA) International Alliance for the Prevention of  AIDS:

cropped-head-27The International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS (IAPA) was founded in 2004 after the founding members traveled to Arusha, Tanzania to teach HIV/AIDS prevention education in schools and community groups with the group Support for International Change. Inspired by the grassroots model and community emphasis, and realizing that India was at a crucial point in the fight against HIV, the founders created IAPA to combat the spread of HIV in India, basing the organization in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. IAPA has since run five successful summer volunteer programs, bringing over 90 American students together with over 55 Indian students to teach HIV prevention education to thousands of secondary school and university students, slum residents, fishermen, and HIV hospice visitors. The IAPA India staff has collaborated with several other Chennai based NGOs to produce several street plays and community education programmes. IAPA and IAPA India are currently preparing programs to facilitate greater community cooperation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV projects around the city, and stigma reduction education programs.

THE VICTORY JUNCTION GANG

Please note:  The Victory Junction has asked that we not use their logo and we understand – they run a camp for children and some of the parents might not understand or approve.  I understand and still want to support this important charity.

In 1999, the Petty family participated in a charity motorcycle ride for Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for seriously ill children in Florida and a member of Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. The concept of Camp Boggy Creek inspired us, especially our son, Adam, who dreamed of building a camp in North Carolina for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. When Adam passed away in 2000, we decided to make our son’s dream a reality.

With guidance from other Hole in the Wall Camps and the help of our friends within the sport of NASCAR, we raised the funds necessary to make Adam’s dream come true. Victory Junction proudly welcomed our first campers in June 2004. Since then, Victory Junction has been growing and expanding as a free-of-charge, year-round camp for children and their families.

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