Thursday, May 18, 2006

Important Announcement From the Alliance of AIDS Services--Carolinas

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
Sunday, May 217:00 P.M
The Longview Center
118 South Person Street
Raleigh, NC

On May 21, 2006, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be held in approximately 4,500 communities in 104 countries making it the largest grassroots AIDS event to date. The annual event, coordinated worldwide by the Global Health Council, commemorates the lives lost to AIDS, demonstrates support for people living HIV/AIDS, and mobilizes community-based responses to HIV/AIDS. The Global Health Council is the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world, and it assists coordinators with effectively organizing memorials in their communities.

• More than 42 million people are currently infected with HIV worldwide, 30 million in South Africa alone.

• More than 2 million children are currently infected with HIV worldwide and many more millions have been orphaned because their parents have died of AIDS.

• Nearly 5 million new infections occur each year.

• 2006 is the 25th anniversary of the discovery of HIV/AIDS.

North Carolina can join the rest of the world on this day of remembrance and action. Our chance to be a part of this global day will be in Raleigh, at the Longview Center downtown. The Longview Center, in the spirit in which it was founded, has offered its building to house this event here in North Carolina. The Longview Center is located at 118 South Person Street, beside Exploris. We will begin at 7:00pm, after Artsplosure Spring Arts Festival. There will be various musical acts that have volunteered their services for the event. There will be a time of candle lighting and reflection, followed by various opportunities to become more involved in our local communities and globally as we come together for this cause.

Join us - Sunday, May 21 - at the Longview Center in downtown Raleigh as we remember those living, those who have died and those we need to protect.

John Paul Womble
AAS-C Director of Development and Public Affairs



Blogger Samantha said...

there is still a lot that needs to be about HIV/AIDS. My generation didn't see the devastation of HIV/AIDS when first came about 25 years ago, BUT they do see what the destruction the disease has caused, and that's reason enough for my peers to become HIV/AIDS activists and educators. Sadly though, my peers have become complacent about HIV/AIDS and it shows. I could go on forever about this, but I did in my blog post (my most recent one) lately. But the statistics show that you posted in this post that the world seems to have become complacent about educating, preventing and stopping HIV/AIDS from spreading. Much has been done, but much needs to be done as well.

5/19/2006 07:51:00 PM  

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