Samaritan Ministry will host the second annual FaithWalk – Knoxville Steps Up for HIV in commemoration of World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

The 1.75-mile walk through Downtown Knoxville kicks off at 1:00 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Hall with registration and snacks. The walk begins at 2:00 p.m. following a short prayer and blessing in the sanctuary.

“The purpose of FaithWalk is to bring members of the community together, regardless of individual beliefs or church affiliation, to take a stand against the stigmas associated with HIV, raise awareness and spread love,” said Samaritan Ministry Director Wayne Smith.

While there is no cost to participate, donations are accepted during online registration and on walk day. Proceeds will go to Samaritan Ministry, National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS and Knox County Lions Charities. FaithWalk is sponsored by Samaritan Ministry, Central Baptist Church of Bearden, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, FAITH Coalition, and MAC AIDS Fund. Register online at

Free parking is available across the street from the Immaculate Conception at 414 W. Vine Avenue. For more information call (865)450.1000 x827.

Samaritan Ministry, a ministry of Central Baptist Church of Bearden, is a faith-based AIDS service organization that serves people in Knoxville who are living with HIV/AIDS. The organization seeks every opportunity to advocate, teach, and otherwise provide support in the fight against this disease.