Two AIDS Candlelight Memorial events will be be held in the Northern Territory this weekend.
Around the world, people come together on the third Sunday in May for memorial services and events to remember those who have died and to push for global action to end HIV/AIDS.
The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council will put on the two events, one in Darwin and one in Alice Springs.
“We’ll light candles in solidarity with People Living with HIV, remember those we’ve lost and reflect on the progress made and challenges we still face in responding to HIV in our society,” the NTAHC said.
In Darwin, the memorial will held at Lake Alexander at East Point, on the right hand side of the carpark. Organisers have asked attendees to bring their own picnic rug and esky. Some chairs will be available.More details at the NTAHC website.
In Alice Springs, the memorial will be held at Monte’s Lounge on the corner of Todd Street and Stott Terrace. More details at the NTAHC website.
Food, refreshments and entertainment will be provided at both events. Candles and lanterns are available at the events by donation, with all proceeds going towards providing care and support to people living with HIV in the Territory.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV, is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots campaigns for HIV awareness in the world, first started in 1983.
Events are typically held by around 1000 community organizations in 115 countries.