HIV charity urges Wolverhampton to Stand Up and Stand Out for World AIDS Day
Wednesday 21 November 2012
HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is calling on the people of Wolverhampton to stand up against HIV-related stigma this World AIDS Day (1st December). To mark the occasion, the charity is putting on a number of events as part of its Stand Up, Stand Out campaign. The campaign aims to raise funds for people living with HIV and banish the stigma that still exists around the condition today.
There are now around 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK – more than ever before. World AIDS Day is an international event that has been running since 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS.
Terrence Higgins Trust has in Wolverhampton will be marking World AIDS Day and is asking local people to get involved in the following ways:
Saturday 1st December – 6.30pm onwards
Blakenhall Community Centre, The Old School, 73 Dudley Rd, Wolverhampton
Terrence Higgins Trust will be holding a special evening to commemorate World AIDS Day at The Blakenhall Community Centre. The evening will consist of speeches from Jackie Redding, Terrence Higgins Trust Service Director and people living with HIV, live music and refreshments. Terrence Higgins Trust staff will also answer any questions regarding HIV or sexual health. Guests will also have the opportunity to make a donation to Terrence Higgins Trust, helping the charity support people living with HIV locally. Spaces are limited so those looking to attend should call (0121) 694 6440 to book a place.
People can also organise their own red themed event or sell red ribbons to raise funds to support people living with HIV. Visit www.tht.org.uk/worldaidsday for more information and fundraising ideas, to order your free box of red ribbons or to make a donation online.
Mick Mason, Regional Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in the Midlands said: “A third of people with HIV in the UK say they have experienced discrimination because of their condition – this is something that urgently needs to change. By joining our Stand Up, Stand Out campaign this year, the people of Wolverhampton have a chance to help us banish HIV-related stigma for good. There are so many ways to take part, from joining in one of our events, to planning your own activities, to simply making a donation or wearing a red ribbon to show your support.
“The funds we raise this World AIDS Day will help people with HIV access the support and services they need.”
For more information on World AIDS Day events or Terrence Higgins Trust’s services in Wolverhampton please contact Tom Greenwood on (0121) 694 6440 or email Tom.Greenwood@tht.org.uk.