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/AIDS 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.
The theme and sub-theme for the 2016 World AIDS Day campaign is: ‘E.N.D. HIV”.
The objective of this year’s theme and sub-theme is to :
- Raise awareness of the issue – rise in HIV rates
- Highlight that everyone has a role to play to end HIV – empower community
- Reinforce the message that safe sex is the best protection
- Encourage people at-risk to get tested and “know your status”
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 and with help from the Queensland World AIDS Day Alliance.
RED RUN FUN RUN
Join us for a 5km fun run along the curves of the Brisbane River around New Farm Park on Saturday 26thNovember.
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), with a prize for best dressed. All funds raised on the day will be donated to THE HOPE Fund which provides support to people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Queensland who are in need.
The event will commence at New Farm Park Ferry Terminal and follow the curves of the Brisbane River from the south east perimeter of New Farm Park, past the Powerhouse Park and along to Teneriffe. The run will be begin at 7am, with runners meeting from 6.45am for warm up.
THE RED RIBBON STREET APPEAL
Every year, we hit the streets of Brisbane with volunteers armed with thousands of red ribbons to help raise awareness of this important health issue. This year promises to be even bigger and our sights are set high! We aim to distribute approximately 10,000 red ribbons throughout the city as well as other areas.
How can you get involved? If you are an enthusiastic and energetic person who is willing to give two hours of your time to help distribute ribbons on the December 1 then we want to hear from you! Simply email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD AIDS DAY CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
An intrinsic part of World AIDS Day activities is the Candlelight Vigil. Held at 7:00 pm on Thursday 1 December at Reddacliff Place, 266 George Street, Brisbane, 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 wardrobe. 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 make sure you post your outfit on Instagram #qldworldaidsday.
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