The Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos was challenged with raising $10,000 to benefit individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.  Our goal was to meet this challenge and raise the funds to benefit the 1,800,000 AIDS Orphans in Ethiopia, in partnership with IOCC, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the 400 National AIDS Service Organizations in the United States.  Since we love a challenge, on May 9th, a group of 100 women, men, children, babies in strollers “Hit the Streets” for a 5K Walkathon.Hit The Streets, 5K Walkathon registration desk at St. Andrews’ Greek Orthodox Church.

We gathered at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church where we enjoyed a healthy breakfast.  Bishop Demetri Kantzavelos offered a prayer and started us along our 5K walk.  The weather was threatening rain but our spirits remained high and the rain held off until we finished our walk.All the participants are lined up and ready to go on their 5K walk along the Chicago Lake Front for the Hit the Streets 5K Walathon.

Thank you to all of the participating Philoptochos chapters and their supporters allowing us to exceed the $10,000 challenge! Congratulations to the Chairmen Irene Arsoniadis, Chrisy Banakis and Kathy Siavelis and a special thank you to St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church and Philoptochos Society for all their work to help the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos meet this goal!!

Mary Ann Bissias, Georgia Sarlas, Lena Angelos – three of our Philoptochos members that Hit the Streets on May 9th for the 5K Walk to raise funds for the HIV/AIDS victims.