Sydney’s annual remembrance event for people lost to HIV/AIDS will take place again this year to coincide with similar international events. The 2014 Sydney Candlelight Memorial will take place on International Candlelight Memorial Day on Sunday 18 May.
Produced by ACON and Positive Life NSW, the Candlelight Memorial with take place at their Sydney offices at 414 Elizabeth St Surry Hills. The hour-long ceremony will begin at 3:30pm.
Positive Life NSW CEO Craig Cooper says the memorial event provides a unique opportunity for the family and friends of people lost to HIV/AIDS to honour their loved ones.
“Being part of a global day of remembrance for the partners, family, and friends we have lost to HIV/AIDS is a meaningful way to pay tribute to them as individuals as well as honour the collective response by our community to the impact of HIV/AIDS,” said Mr Cooper.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the event provides an important occasion for reflection and remembrance: “International Candlelight Memorial Day provides an opportunity to remember loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS, but it also serves as an opportunity to look to the future as we work together to end HIV transmission here in NSW, in Australia and indeed throughout the world.”
The event will follow a similar format to previous Candlelight Memorials with the names of lost loved ones being read out during the ceremony. Names and donations can be lodged on the Candlelight website: www.candlelightmemorial.com.au
Candlelight Memorials will also take place in Melbourne and Canberra.