AIDS COUNCIL VOLUNTEER KILLED IN PLANE CRASH


Victorian AIDS Council volunteer Greig Friday was killed on board the ill-fated Germanwings Flight 4U9525.

Friday, 29, and his mother, Carol, were among the 150 passengers on the plane which crashed in the French Alps en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on Tuesday.

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Tributes have been flowing for Friday, who started volunteering for the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) in 2007 after completing the Young & Gay Peer Education Workshop.

VAC staff said he was instrumental in the success of the initiative, providing assistance and guidance to many young people to overcome homophobia and celebrate their sexual identity.

Like many young gay men, Greig had to find a way of coming to grips with his sexuality, learn about relationships, and come out in a society that is sometimes hostile to gay men,” VAC’s Director of Health Promotions, Policy & Communications, Colin Batrouney, said.

Greig did all this with grace and humility. He became a Peer Facilitator with our program, offering support, education and friendship to other gay men facing the same issues.

His kindness and generosity of spirit will be sorely missed by all of us.”

VAC Peer Education co-ordinator Budi Sudarto said Friday’s witty personality and his sense of humour would be missed.

Greig always put others first, and this is evident in his ongoing dedication to both Young & Gay and the Peer Education Program,” he said.

We will remember Greig, and we want him to know that he left positive mark in the world and put smiles on others’ faces as part of his legacy.”