CPIC inc. launches its annual health awareness fair to promote annual AIDS Walk Caribbean 2004 (New York)

CONTACT: Truda Hickman Secretary of the Caribbean People International Collective Inc. 703 441-2619 or 718 282-WALK (9255), [email protected], [email protected] , www.aidswalkcaribbean.com

Brooklyn, New York — April 25, 2004,–Caribbean People International Collective Inc. concludes its annual Health Awareness Fair & Brunch to LAUNCH AIDS WALK CARIBBEAN ® 2004 on Sunday, April 25th 2004 at the Tropical Reflection on Glenwood Road, Brooklyn, NY. About 100 in attendance the mission of the fair was to educate the community about HIV/AIDS.

Thaddeus Brown, Founder of Isaiah Grace and regional coordinator of National Black Alcoholism & Addictions Council, Inc. (NBAC) was the keynote speaker addressing the relationship of alcohol and HIV/AID spread, in addition to the high rates of HIV infections in the East Flatbush area. His presentation also incorporated a call for people of color to rally together with a strong commitment to stopping the spread of the virus through their communities. Ms. Trinidad & Tobago New York, Catherine M. J. Sui stresses the importance of CPIC mission and pledge her support to AIDS WALK CARIBBEAN® 2004. Ms. Kelly Magnus, author of “the little lion” conducted book signing and pledge 40% of total sales to CPIC fund. Partnering organization at the event included Life Force Women’s Aids Organization, Core Foundation, APC, Sankofa Inc, and West Indian Soul Magazine.

Founded in 1995, CPIC, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501©(3) volunteer organization incorporated in New York State. Its primary mission is to promote the quality of life of people of Caribbean descent in the U.S. and the Caribbean with an emphasis on health, education and family.

AIDS Walk Caribbean is an annual 10k Walk Caribbean Project dedicated but not limited to families of Caribbean Descent affected or infected by HIV/AIDS in the United States or the Caribbean Diaspora. Our goals are to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS epidemic amongst Caribbean-Americans in the New York Community and the Caribbean, in addition, to raising funds for CPIC Caribbean Support Center and Hospice Fund. The walks begin at 9:00 on June 12, 2004, at Flatbush and Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Now it’s time for the estimated 5 million members of the Caribbean Diaspora in the United States to assist in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS by supporting this community initiative,” said AWC chairperson, Truda Hickman-delivering Health Awareness Event, closing remark.