World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is one of the most globally recognised events of the year. World AIDS Day is celebrated across Australia to:
- Encourage the community to talk about HIV/AIDS
- Remind the community that the HIV epidemic is still a major health issue in Queensland
- Raise community awareness
- Break down barriers
- Educate our community
Recent studies indicate that HIV infection rates in Australia are gradually increasing – highlighting the need to remind people that HIV/AIDS is a serious problem that continues to pose challenges in Australia, not just overseas.
There are many ways you can support this global effort. Get involved this World AIDS Day by supporting one or all of the following activities:
Some dinner tables don’t see any action. It’s sad, but true. So for this year’s World AIDS Day, it’s time for yours to get laid. And all for a good cause with help from the Queensland World AIDS Day Alliance.
Simply gather a bunch of your nearest and dearest and host a RED themed dinner party!
RED RUN FUN RUN
Join us for a 5km fun run along at any of the following parkrun groups on Saturday 1 December :
. Rocks Riverside (Seventeen Mile Rocks)
. White Rock parkrun (Redbank Plains)
. St Lucia parkrun
The RED Run is FREE and open to everyone, runners and non-runners, children and even your furry friends. All participants are invited to dress in RED (the redder the better).
The event will commence at 7am at all parkrun locations.
All runners and volunteers must register at www.parkrun.com.au/register
Please note: Bring your printed barcode on the day.
BRISBANE BUILDINGS IN RED
From 26 November be sure to look up and around your city as iconic landmarks around Brisbane will turn RED for World AIDS Day.If you see one, snap a pic and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to see them!
WORLD AIDS DAY CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
An intrinsic part of World AIDS Day activities is the Candlelight Vigil. Held from 6.45pm on Saturday, 1 December at Queen Street Mall Stage (outside Myer), this important event is an opportunity for us to stop and remember all those we have loved and lost since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
This event is open to all – admission is free and bookings are not required.
LOOK FABULOUS FOR THE CAUSE – SNAP A SELFIE
Whatever you decide to do on World AIDS Day, we all like to look good. So why not pick out a red number out of your closet, and make advocacy a part of your wardobe. You could even frock up in red for your dinner party. Either way, when someone comments on how fabulous you look you’ll have an opportunity to tell them all about World AIDS Day and what you’re doing to support it.
Snap a selfie and share using the #qldworldaidsday hashtag.
Further information on any of these activities or any other information can be found at http://www.qldworldaidsday.org.au/
The QWADA Coordinator for 2016 is Trish McKenna who can provide further information about 2016 WAD activities in Queensland. Trish can be contacted on (07) 3013 5555 or 0403 174 347