HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is calling for people in Glasgow to get involved in World AIDS Day (December 1) this year, either by attending an event, making a donation to support local HIV services, or wearing a red ribbon to raise awareness.
World AIDS Day, which has been running every December since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. In the UK alone, more than 70,000 people are living with HIV and over 7,500 are diagnosed every year.
The following events are taking place in Glasgow for World AIDS Day:
Glasgow World AIDS Day Service – Saturday 1st December
An evening service for anyone affected by HIV and AIDS will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow from 7pm. The service will remember those who have died with AIDS as well as celebrating the lives of those living with HIV with guest speakers, personal stories, and live music. Light refreshments will be provided. Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral, Great Western Road, Glasgow.
World AIDS Day Fundraiser – Saturday 1st December
Extravagant performances by the delicious Cheri Treiffel with raffle prizes and a host of other surprises throughout the day from 1pm – midnight. Come and help to trim our Christmas tree with red ribbons and raise funds for Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland. Venue: Waterloo Bar, Argyle St, Glasgow G2. Admission: free.
Brother for a Day, cabaret revue fundraiser with Diane Torr and Friends – Saturday 1st December
Live performances, guest DJ and raffle prizes at the Carnival Arts Centre, 34 Albion St, Glasgow from 10.30pm to 2am. Entry £7 on the door (concessions £5).
Positive Pictures: Scotland’s Artists on HIV
Some of the best artists working in Scotland today have kindly donated a piece of work to be sold with all profits going to THT. Artists involved include Rory Donaldson, David Bellingham, Brian Fischbacher and Joe Hendry. All pieces are available to view online at www.tht.org.uk/art
For more information contact THT in Glasgow on 0141 332 3838.
Susan Macdonald, Director for THT in Scotland said “HIV has been around for 25 years and is still a major concern for people living in Scotland. Although treatments have improved the lives of those living with HIV it is important to remember that many people have lost partners, family or friends. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for the community to remember those who have died and to celebrate the lives of those living with HIV today. Attending an event is one way to show your support but if you are unable to, you can donate to the cause or raise awareness by wearing a red ribbon. All funds raised will go towards much needed support and prevention services”
If you’d like further information on any of the World AIDS Day events going on in Glasgow, please contact Terrence Higgins Trust on 0141 332 3838