Remembering friends and family. Working to stop HIV/AIDS
Join us on Sunday May 16th, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm at Independence Square, as Bajans unite with people in over 100 other countries for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
The theme is “Many Lights for Human Rights” and the event will honour those affected by AIDS worldwide. Featured speaker is Monsignor Vincent Blackett. Light a candle! Entertainment by the Barbados Defence Force Band. In addition, there will be dramatic presentations and tributes.
The Candlelight Memorial
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, a program of the Global Health Council, is one of the oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV/AIDS awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries hosting local memorials that honour the lost and raise social consciousness about the disease.
The Candlelight is also much more than just a memorial. It provides opportunities for leadership development, policy advocacy, partnerships, and improvement of community mobilization skills. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the Candlelight continues to serve as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers, and giving hope to new generations.
Barbados Free Press thanks Elie Knaizeh of Circle K Cavehill for reminding us ever-so-gently that we hadn’t yet mentioned the event this year at BFP. Oops… Well, that’s what friends are for!
BFP will see everyone at the AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday.