International Candlelight Memorial at the National Arboretum Canberra: Ending AIDS Together
On Sunday 21 May people will gather in cities around the world at International AIDS Candlelight Memorials. The AIDS Action Council is hosting Canberra’s 34th Candlelight Memorial at the National Arboretum Canberra.
Candlelight Memorials serve to honour those who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS. Globally this year’s theme is ‘Ending AIDS Together’ and calls everyone to work in solidarity to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination and to give hope to new generations.
“We are pleased to have ABC Radio presenter, Dan Bourchier, host this year’s memorial” Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council, Philippa Moss said.
Guests at the memorial will hear from three distinguished guest speakers. Associate Professor Edwina Wright, Dr Bridget Haire and Robert Mitchell will join us to share their perspectives on this year’s theme.
“It is a real privilege for the Council to host three engaging speakers who have a wealth expertise and the ability to engage a room with their stories and perspective” Ms Moss said.
This will be the second memorial held in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion at the National Arboretum Canberra. The long awaited AIDS Garden of Reflection was opened on April 2 and will play an important role during the memorial.
“We welcome all Canberrans and those from across the region to join us for the important memorial on Sunday 21 May from 5.30pm” Ms Moss said.
The ACT AIDS Action Council is a not-for-profit community organisation that works to build strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma. To learn more visit www.aidsaction.org.au or www.facebook.com/AIDSactionACT or call us on 6257 2855.