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Roche Holds Sixth Annual Children's Walk in Nutley
Date:11/21/2008

- More than 800 Employees Volunteer to Support Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in New Jersey and Africa -

NUTLEY, N.J., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, more than 800 local Roche employees are participating in the Sixth Annual Roche Children's Walk to raise funds to support children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in New Jersey and Africa. Employees who volunteer for the 5K Walk, which takes them through the township of Nutley, collect donations for their efforts, and Roche matches these funds.

In addition to Nutley, the Roche Children's Walk takes place at 101 company locations worldwide, including operations in Branchburg, New Jersey; Indianapolis, Indiana; Florence, South Carolina; Boulder, Colorado; Palo Alto and Pleasanton, California; as well as in Basel, Switzerland. To date, Roche has raised approximately five million Swiss francs since the first AIDS walk in 2003. In 2007, more than 14,000 employees took part around the globe.

A portion of donations from the Roche Children's Walk in Nutley are distributed to community-based non-profit organizations serving people living with HIV/AIDS through the New Jersey AIDS Partnership (NJAP). Since the Walk's inception in 2003, Roche has donated over $350,000 to NJAP. According to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 34,470 people were reported living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey in 2007. For information on NJAP, please access http://www.hyacinth.org/hyacinth/news/NewJerseyAIDSPartnership.jsp.

"We are very fortunate to have a supporter like Roche," said Paula Toynton, director of the New Jersey AIDS Partnership. "The generosity of their employees is amazing, and we are so grateful for their continued support and enthusiasm, which enables us to provide needed services throughout the
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