Posted: 24/11/17 by Northampton Borough Council
A ceremony to mark World AIDS Day will be held in the Courtyard at the Guildhall in Northampton on Friday, 1 December.
The Guildhall ceremony has been organised by Northampton Borough Council to raise awareness of World AIDS Day and increase understanding of HIV and AIDS and their effect on people’s lives.
The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Gareth Eales, will lead the ceremony which will begin at 11am. This will be followed by a minute’s silence and the lighting of candles. The Mayor will be joined by representatives from the town’s community forums and members of the public are invited to come along.
World AIDS Day has been held on 1 December every year for the last 29 years. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Falling as part of the 16 days of activism campaign this year, the Borough Council hopes to use the day to raise awareness of the ongoing issue of gender-related violence which affects men and women of all cultures and sexuality around the world.
Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We choose to mark World AIDS Day as a reminder that HIV has not gone away. There is still a vital need to improve education and raise money to help organisations that are working on a cure and those who provide invaluable support to people living with HIV.
“As part of the 16 days of activism project, we are talking about the ways gender-based violence affects people in our communities and in other communities around the world where the spread of HIV is often the result of violent assaults. I hope people will come to The Guildhall to join us at the ceremony to show their support.”
World AIDS Day ribbons will be available on the day in the One Stop Shop for people to pick up and make a donation.
For further information about our other #16Days activities, please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/16days