Hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane’s CBD last night to recognise World AIDS Day at a touching candlelight vigil held in Reddacliff Place.
With candles being lit for lost loved ones, the emotional vigil heard the personal accounts of what it is like to live with HIV in 2015 as well as invaluable local history from Dr Anthony Allworth who has been caring for people living with HIV/AIDS for over 30 years.
While much of the evening was about remembering the tragic loss of loved ones and the difficulties still faced by people living with HIV, there was also a sense of optimism about the future.
Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick was amongst the speakers on the night and used his address to offer the Government’s support for the state’s HIV sector after having earlier in the day announcing eight million dollars in funding to a number of non-government organisations.
The minister’s funding pledge means that all three of Queensland’s primary HIV/AID organisations – the Queensland AIDS Council, HIV Foundation Queensland, and Queensland Positive People – will receive funding.
The vigil’s organiser Gary Williams told QNews that he was really pleased and thankful that so many people continue to come together to mark this important occasion.
“Thank you to all the people who attended QuAC’s World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil in Reddacliff Place last night,” Williams said.
“The candles may have gone out but the light of all the people who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS shines brightly every day. Rest in Peace and you will never be forgotten”.