Ji heads for LA
Out positive former Olympian Ji Wallace is heading to Los Angeles for the LA Marathon. The trip is a fundraiser for the Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA).
"I got involved because after I revealed my own status I had the privilege of being contacted by many people around the world; one of those people is involved in the Stigma Project, which is like the Enuf project in Victoria that I'm involved with," Ji told gaynewsnetwork.
The Enuf project aims to combat the stigma surrounding people living with HIV.
"Well, this guy has contacts with APLA and we talked about this and decided last year I would go over and do the marathon."
"The whole idea is to raise awareness and also help a community project to fund their vital projects which help people living with HIV to live full lives," Wallace continued.
"We are so lucky in Australia with government funding for HIV projects and treatment. There are 60,000 people in LA County alone living with HIV and no access to public treatment.
"All treatment is in the private sector and very expensive. People are literally fighting for their lives to get funding for vital medical treatment so they can lead positive lives.
"APLA support over 10,000 people living with HIV and if we can raise funds to help them, I'm there."