Remember the Red Ribbon

“When AIDS surfaced on the medical radar screens in 1981, the diagnosis was a death sentence.”

— CBC.ca

World Aids Day (Red Ribbon)

Credit: Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

December 1st, World AIDS Day, is a day dedicated to remembering those who have passed away from complications of the disease and to raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic and the spread of HIV virus. Red ribbons represent solidarity and tolerance for those living with HIV/AIDS.

In commemoration of this international event, here are some ways you can participate and volunteer :

- A Loving Spoonful: A volunteer-driven Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver. Their website has many opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of people with HIV/AIDS.

-Friends For Life: Supports people living with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, their families and their caregivers. Formed with the belief that no one should face a serious illness alone, Friends for Life has over 360 volunteers and many ways you can volunteer.

For those of us who like things closer to home (or school):

AIDS Awareness Network is hosting 3rd annual commemoration of World AIDS Day at the Burnaby Campus of Simon Fraser University.
Where: Saywell Hall, the AQ
When: December 1st, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

This is a great opportunity to learn and get involved in the campaign for AIDS awareness! The day’s events will being at 10:00a.m. with a welcome from the Faculty of Health Sciences, the AIDS Awareness Network, and a key note speaker.

This year AIDS Awareness Network is collaborating with SFU Stephen Lewis Foundation DARE campaign on several events to raise awareness of the impacts of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Come visit the “living library” to “check out” a person directly or indirectly involved with AIDS for conversation from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. There will also be workshops and encore performances from the best team dares from the DARE campaign.

For more information and ways to volunteer for this event, contact AIDS Awareness Network Executive member Brenna Murray at bmurray@sfu.ca.

By Leslie Pineda