Let’s keep the light on HIV is the theme of this year’s International AIDS Candlelight Memorial that speaks to the urgent need to ensure that HIV and AIDS remain high on domestic and international agendas.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is an opportunity for all Victorians to remember those lost to AIDS since the start of the epidemic and to look forward to a future world with universal access to HIV treatment and one that is free of HIV related stigma and discrimination.
This year’s event will be hosted by TV and radio personality, Michael Dalton, with a performance by Low Rez – Melbourne’s all male community pop choir.
“The honour of hosting this important event is by no means lost on me”, says Michael Dalton. “The opportunity to lend my loud voice and unwavering support to shine the brightest of lights on this event, on the ongoing issue of HIV, challenging HIV related stigma, and keeping HIV on the agenda, makes me very happy.”
As Melbourne prepares to host AIDS 2014 in July, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is the first public activation of the City and an important reminder of the global impact of HIV and continuing fight against HIV related stigma and discrimination.
“This year’s International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Melbourne will be part of a global community event which shines a bright light on HIV in Australia and the continuing threat of AIDS related deaths around the world. We encourage all Victorians to attend and support with us in this community event” says Ian Muchamore, President of Living Positive Victoria.
The 2014 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial a free and accessible event organised by Living Positive Victoria and supported by the City of Melbourne.
2014 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
City Square, Corner Collins and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Event: Sunday 18 May 2014 – 5.00pm
For more information, visit: www.livingpositivevictoria.org.au for details.