An International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service will be held in Brisbane on Sunday, May 15.
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.
All are welcome to attend the service that will be held at St John’s College on the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus from 6:30pm. Each person that attends will be given a candle on the night, and the service will include readings and guest speakers who’ll speak on HIV/AIDS and its prevention.
During the service a collection plate will be circulated with donations going to support St Luke’s hospital in Malawi, a country with one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world.
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. The events are led by a coalition of over 1000 community organizations in 115 countries.
The Brisbane service will coincide with local events marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
A number of free events are planned around the city for both Sunday May 15 and IDAHOT’s official date of Tuesday May 17.